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Carved by the Tallulah River, the 2-mile long gorge drops to a depth of almost 1000-feet. Surrounded by mountains, enjoy rugged, pristine natural beauty and panoramic views. The surrounding forest is home for birds, reptiles, and endangered peregrine falcons, as well as the persistent trillium, a delicate flower found no where else in the world. Learn about the history, wildlife and geology of the gorge at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center which features state-of-the-art displays, regional information and the opportunity to sign up for ranger-guided hikes and programs. Hiking the North and South Rim Trails is an easy way to observe picture-perfect views of the gorge and five waterfalls. If you want to get close up and personal, be prepared for an extensive stair-climb. A hike on the Hurricane Falls Loop Trail to the gorge floor includes 1,099 stairs and crosses a cool suspension bridge that sways 80-feet above the rocky strewn bottom. While crossing, think of Karl Wallenda, who bravely walked across the gorge on a tightrope in 1970. Note that a permit is required to hike to the gorge floor. Only 100 are available each day, so we recommend you get there early on peak summer weekends. Have proper footwear, no sandals flip flops or crocs, or you will be denied a permit. Pack a bathing suit, towel, water shoes to best enjoy the natural rock slide into a refreshing pool of icy water. And don’t forget to save your energy, snacks and water for the climb back up. Other park amenities include mountain bike trails, swimming, fishing, rock climbing, and campsites for tents, trailers and RVs. A few times a year, for only a few hours, the dam is opened, and the rush of white water is a draw for thrill-seeking extreme kayakers. All Georgia State parks charge a parking fee.
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive
Tallulah Falls, GA
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