Tallulah Gorge State Park Summer Activities
Here at Glen-Ella Springs Inn, we are nestled in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains and surrounded by superior natural splendor! One of the most precious gems of this stretch of the Appalachian Mountains is Tallulah Gorge State Park. Stretched between two lakes and fed by the Tallulah River, this canyon is over 1000 feet deep from the highest to the bottom of the gorge and 2 miles long. It consists of five major waterfalls and at the top and bottom are serene lakes. Of course, all this beauty is a calling card for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Here are some summer activities that can be enjoyed at Tallulah Gorge State Park.
- Archery: Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of the only Georgia state parks that has a free archery range. Most of the other parks charge a fee that goes toward upkeep, but not at Tallulah. In fact, many archers bring their own equipment to hone their bow and arrow skills while others rent equipment on site. Either way, it’s an exciting way to spend some time in the great outdoors.
- Hiking: There are miles and miles of trails of varying difficulty levels throughout Tallulah Gorge State Park. The easiest trail is the Shortline Trail. This path was once a railroad passage and has been paved over so it is easily accessible for strollers, bicycles, roller blades, and more. Some of the intermediate trails are the North and South Rim Trails. Both are mulched and have some steep inclines, but offer incredible views of the falls. For the more adventurous and adept, there’s the Gorge Floor Access. Only 100 people per day are admitted access to the gorge’s floor (weather and water permitting) and one must obtain a permit to do so. Substantial shoes are required (no crocs or flip-flops) and while there is a metal staircase to the bottom of the falls, the rest of the “trail” is composed of only rocks. One trail, the Stoneplace Trail, is located where hunting is permitted and so all hikers should wear brightly colored clothing to avoid injury.
- Geocaching: “Plug in” to this new phenomenon that merges nature with technology. Using a handheld GPS system, there are over 57 locations in the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites where people will come to visit and leave a small prize behind for the next people to come and visit. When you find the exact site, you’ll see the small cache that someone else has left for you and then you, in turn, leave something for the next family. Each time you find a treasure, sign the virtual logbook to eternalize your visit. People and families are really enjoying the adventure of finding all of the sites in Georgia.
- Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes: For $5.00 a person (plus $5.00 for parking), make your reservations now to participate in this thrilling night-time hike. Some upcoming dates for this intimate experience with the canyon are Friday, June 13th through Sunday, June 15th, Saturday through Monday July 12th- 14th, and Sunday, August 10th. According to Tallulah Gorge State Park’s website, the full moon suspension bridge hike will allow you to, “enjoy a 1.5 mile hike that takes you down the stairs across, the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon.” Sounds amazing!
So, when you venture over to Tallulah Gorge State Park, be sure to book your stay here at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. We’re certain you’ll fall in love with our mountain atmosphere as you relax in one of our rooms or suites. Each is individually decorated and beautifully appointed by they all have luxurious amenities to make you comfortable during your stay. Each morning you’ll enjoy a full breakfast, so you know you’ll start your days off on the right foot. We can’t wait to see you soon!
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