Description: One of Georgia's most spectacular natural wonders, this 800-foot-deep gorge is one of the steepest and most spectacular gorges in the East. Breathtaking views of the gorge against a backdrop of rugged mountains attract many visitors. The gorge is nearly 2 miles long and .5 miles wide. For the hardy hiker, several steep trails descend into the bottom of the gorge. Magnificent views into the gorge are available at rim overlooks and along trails into the gorge. The Tallulah River was dammed at the head of the gorge in 1913 and diverted to an electric generating plant. Thundering waters have only recently been restored to the gorge on a limited number of spring and fall weekends. Tallulah Falls Lake provides quiet serenity in contrast to the grandeur and power of the gorge.
Viewing Information: Best viewing opportunities are for cliff-inhabiting birds and amphibians. You might see swallows, swifts, and phoebes nesting in the crevices of the gorge walls. Look for hawks and vultures circling overhead. Amphibians are numerous in the moist cliff-face environment. The inquisitive visitor may see dusky salamanders, slimy salamanders or spotted salamanders. If lucky, you might spot the rare seepage salamander or green salamander. Very rare flora of the gorge includes Carolina hemlock and persistent trillium.
Directions: From Atlanta, take I-85 north to I-985 north to GA Hwy. 365. Take US 441 north to Tallulah Falls. Follow signs to the park entrance.
Management: Georgia DNR, Parks and Historic Sites Division 706-754-7979. Park Office 706-754-7970.
Closest Town: Tallulah Falls, GA
Site Notes: observation platforms, interpretive programs, swimming beach, 65-acre lake, and tennis courts.
Additional Information: Park facilities include the 16,000 sq. ft. Jane Hurt Yarn interpretive education center featuring exhibits on the historical, cultural, and natural science aspects of Tallulah Gorge. This center offers a unique bird watching station, various examinations of the unique ecosystems, and a 75-seat theater. Acces to the gorge floor is by permit only.
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