Following our visit to the most beautiful waterfall in Georgia, we wanted to swing by another waterfall series. In hindsight, we should have gone there first, as anything after Toccoa Falls would be judged with a tough eye as the bar had been set high.
We drove out to Tallulah Gorge State Park for some afternoon fun. This park, set on more than 2,500 acres, features a 1,000 foot deep gorge carved out by the Tallulah River. Within the gorge are the main attractions of the park, the six waterfalls formed by the river, known as Tallulah Falls. These falls cause the river to drop 500 feet in one mile.
Activities at the park include camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, whitewater paddling, and more. There are rim trails along the park that visitors are welcome to hike, but the number of hikers allowed to make the trek down to the gorge floor is limited to 100 people a day. Permits are required but are free and can be obtained the day of at the Interpretive Center.
My favorite feature of the park was the suspension bridge that swings 80 feet above the gorge floor, offering amazing views of the gorge and falls below.
While the walk down to the bridge is a piece of cake, climbing the stairs back to the top was excruciating. In fact, I don't know if I've ever been sweatier in my life. If you recall from a few posts ago, I mentioned that it was August, in Georgia. It was hot, humid, and at this exact point, utterly unbearable. The light drizzle that began to develop as we climbed back up did little to ease our discomfort. The light at the end of the tunnel was that our campsite did in fact have a shower house.
Tallulah Gorge State Park had a high standard to meet, and I would say it succeeded. It did not feature the beauty that was found at Toccoa Falls, but it made up for it in a rugged wilderness that all adventure-seekers yearn for.
I travel and then I write about it. I hope you enjoy my experiences, and can learn from my trial and errors!