Hiking and Waterfalls at Tallulah Gorge

The almost 1,000 foot deep Tallulah Gorge is a spectacular place in the Georgia mountains for hiking and seeing waterfalls.  The hiking trails range from easily accessible rim trails with overlooks of the gorge to a strenuous hike to the gorge floor requiring a permit. After entering the state park we went straight to the Visitor’s Center for a trail map before beginning our trek on the North Rim trail. We stopped at two overlooks with views of the gorge.

Looking down at the suspension bridge above Hurricane Falls
An overlook on the south rim trail on the other side of Tallulah Gorge

On July 18, 1970, tightrope walker Karl Wallenda walked across the gorge from this overlook on the north rim to the south rim.

Tightrope walker Karl Wallenda walked a tightrope across the gorge
Wallenda Tower used by Karl Wallenda in his tightrope walk across the gorge in 1970
The Tallulah river at the bottom of Tallulah Gorge
View from one of the North Rim overlooks at Tallulah Gorge State Park

Inspiration Point is the highest point in the park and the trail to get there was was a quarter mile uphill hike. When we got to the top we were happy we decided to do the trail.

On the trail to Inspiration Point
One of the waterfalls as seen from Inspiration Point
View from Inspiration Point
View from Inspiration Point

The good news was it was downhill to return to the North Rim Trail from Inspiration Point. With more waterfalls to see we continued along the north rim to two more overlooks.

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L’Eau d’Or Falls in Tallulah Gorge
L’Eau d’Or Falls in Tallulah Gorge

It was way past lunchtime by then so our last adventure at Tallulah Gorge would have to wait until the next morning. It was time to head back to Dillard for some delicious southern cooking at the Dillard House.

After our late lunch we were done for the day.  Stay tuned for our final adventure at Tallulah Gorge.

13 thoughts on “Hiking and Waterfalls at Tallulah Gorge

    1. Ingrid, it was all uphill and some sections were pretty steep but the views at the top were worth it. I agree – the Dillard House is beautiful to see inside and out. You can’t tell from the photos but there are great views from the dining room.

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  1. I was thrilled to see this post! We will once again be traveling back east in the MH and have decided to head back May 1 so we can return west mid summer for more PNW time. Since our son lives in Atlanta and we always stop in Gaffney for our MH checkup, this will be a great time to visit this place. Looks wonderful and I love waterfalls!!! I can’t wait to see this place. Do you have any park recommendation with at least E/W and open sky? Awesome photos!!!

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    1. Thank you! We stayed at River Vista Mountain Village, an RV Park in nearby Dillard. There is a campground at Tallulah Gorge State Park with a few sites big enough for big rigs. We did not look at the sites at the state park but we met a couple who were camping there in a travel trailer who said there were some nice sites. Another state park sort of close is Moccasin Creek. We stayed there a few years ago and enjoyed our stay. There are other state parks in the area. River Vista and Moccasin Creek have open sky, I don’t know about the others. Good luck!

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    1. Debbie, we took our time at each overlook but altogether we were hiking about 2 hours. There were two more overlooks that we missed. If you do all of the overlooks on the north rim, go down into the gorge and cross a suspension bridge to the south side of the gorge and do the south rim as well it is about a 3 mile hike. There is a campground near the entrance of the state park.


  2. We stopped at an overlook for the gorge on Sunday on our way back from Atlanta; we didn’t have time to hike to the waterfall (maybe another day), but your pictures make me resolve to get back.

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