Hiking at Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls, GA

My interest in hiking began at Tallulah Gorge State Park, which holds one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia, the Tallulah Gorge.  Each of the 6 falls apart of the gorge also have their own separate names..  The Tallulah Gorge State Park has a lot to offer in hiking, and if you didn’t come to hike, the Tallulah Falls have easy scenic view to see in a short walk, and it’s a sight worth the time to take in.

First you got to arrive though, and instantly I couldn’t help but take a shot upon walking out of the car of the top of the Jane Hurt Interpretive Center, which you will you have to walk through to start the hike.

Now this is a shot of the viewing platform for one of the Tallulah Falls. I loved how various outlooks provided views of the other outlooks too.

We were both poorly prepared that the day would be warmer than expected. It was nearing the end of October, and with the walking on top of that it felt like spring at least by the time we left. Thankfully, we had remembered water.

This is what most drive to see when they come to Tallulah Gorge State Park. This is the waterfall, l’Eau d’Or.  It is a sight to behold, and from the previous platform pictured you are way high up to get a great view. For us it was enough to spark an interest in not ending our journey here but hiking almost through much of the park.

The site also has a dam built into it. This is a shot across from the dam, and we ended up hiking to the dam and back.

This is one of the next easiest falls, Tempesta, we found to view at the park. The waterfall runs back through there, and I’m sure during winter you have the full scope of it. 

While walking you have plenty of spots to stop and rest, and they are built into the park to feel as natural as the sights you are viewing.
The photos above show me, and how far I was down from where my husband took that photo. The other is a close up of where I was standing, and the outlook.  Across from that view we also viewed rock climbers climbing the gorge. 
This is one of the last waterfalls we were able to see from the outlooks. It is the tallest in the park at 96 feet, and appropriately named, Hurricane. The other falls can be viewed at gorge floor, and there is even outlooks at the base for falls like this one. Now I just need to build stamina to make it even further down the stairs…
We crossed this sign early on in our journey, and we planned on not going down the stairs. We didn’t feel prepared, but as we continued to see the sights and be in awe we decided to go down the stairs. Especially, since you have one of two choices once making it to the other side. Either you have to take the stairs, or trek back around. 
This is a view of the bridge you walk to from the stairs from the outlooks above the gorge floor. It looks far, but we must have forgotten how far it looked. 
This is a photo of the stairs we took. On the way down I remember saying, “we have to go back up these,” and little did I know how brutal that would be. 
In one of my favorite photos my husband took there, I like the one of me at the bridge. The view was great, and the fall leaves made it better. This is the last time I look at peace before the stairs tear me apart. I’m trying to imagine walking further down them to the gorge floor. 
If you’re considering a trip to the Tallulah Gorge State Park, I highly recommend it. It’s worth the $5 or even an annual park pass to not only explore, but continue to help maintain the state parks, and their preservation of the area. Of the state parks in Georgia, it is one of the most impressive. It’s well maintained, and there are walking trails that range from easy to strenuous. Whatever amount of walking you do, you will have an amazing view from where you’re standing. It’s one of the places that we both plan on returning to soon.  

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