The Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of the most popular recreational areas in North Georgia and home to the beautiful Tallulah Falls Lake. It is located in the town of Tallulah Falls, GA, which has always been a favorite country destination among the city dwellers of Atlanta and Augusta. The town was named for the five falls that cascade through the 1,000 ft. Tallulah Gorge carved by the Tallulah River through the forested North Georgian Mountains. When the falls were discovered in 1819 they were named “Niagara of the South”, becoming so popular that residents opened their homes to visitors. In 1882 the railroad reached Tallulah Falls making it the established tourist attraction it is today.
Tallulah Falls Lake is one of three lakes in the State Park, and is a 63 acre reservoir with 3.6 miles of shoreline. It is a favorite Northeastern Georgia fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking spot for visitors and locals alike. The lake is just a 15 minute drive from the Glen-Ella Springs Inn, one of the area’s premier bed and breakfasts, known for its gourmet restaurant and beautiful accommodations.
Near the Tallulah Falls Town Hall there is a public dock and boat launch for visitors to get their boats in the water or just have a nice lakeside picnic. The horsepower limit for the lake is 5hp because of its small size. Take a tour of the town via boat, and take in the breathtaking views of this scenic North Georgia destination. With a boat on the water you can also enjoy some fishing on the lake, which requires a fishing license or permit that can be purchased locally. The lake is most commonly fished for black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, spotted bass, and white crappie. Feel free to take a dip off your boat, but if you are visiting without one then head over to the Terrora Day Use Area for some swimming in the Tallulah Falls Lake.
There are numerous other favorite activities in the recreational area, which can make a full day for you at the Tallulah Falls Lake. The Tallulah River is a great place for kayaking or canoeing. A few times a year when the dams are opened you can even find white water along this otherwise lazy river. If you procure the proper permit from from the State Park, rock climbing is allowed in Tallulah Gorge which has faces with 1,000 ft. verticals perfect for climbing. There are many hiking and biking trails throughout the park, including the North and South Rim Trails along the Gorge, and the Hurricane Falls Suspension Bridge Loop which will take you right over the gorgeous Hurricane Falls. In the spring, summer and fall live bluegrass bands play at Bluegrass Square in downtown Tallulah Falls on Saturday nights.
Make your next trip to the North Georgian Mountains a Tallulah Falls Lake trip, and come experience the luxury at Glen-Ella Springs Inn. We will send you off for a day of fun at the lake well-rested and with a full stomach.