One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., the rocky Tallulah Gorge is two miles long, nearly 1,000 feet deep and a quarter-mile wide. It is filled with thundering waterfalls. Some say its name, Tallulah, comes from the Cherokee word for "terrible river."
Where well-heeled Georgians vacationed in the 19th century and, this site now attracts thousands of visitors each year. In 1970, Karl Wallenda crossed the gorge on a tightrope. It was a 1,000-foot walk. He was watched by 30,000 people. The towers for his cable still stand on the two canyon rims.
Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls.
Exhibits in the parks Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. Additionally, an award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge.
Call for water release schedule and kayaking information. Permits are required for all people accessing the gorge floor or rock climbing/rappelling. Permits are not transferable.
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM