Tallulah Gorge Hiking Trails: Our Guide

Tallulah Gorge hiking trailsOne of the great things about being in the North Georgia Mountains is that it seems like the opportunities for exploration and discovery are limitless. Even when you visit somewhere you’ve been before, you can find something new to enjoy about it. One place that we never tire of visiting is Tallulah Gorge State Park.  The beauty of the gorge and the falls are worth several visits through the year, but the hiking trails will show you something new each time you set out on them. With a variety of trails with differing difficulties and distances, everyone is sure to find a trail to suit their needs at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Take a look at the great Tallulah Gorge hiking trails that you can take on if you’re feeling adventurous during your time in Clarkesville.

Tallulah Gorge Hiking Trails

Stoneplace Trail

This moderate to difficult trail is a 10 mile round trip. On the trail there is a section that is an old road bed. A permit must be obtained to hike this trail. Stoneplace Trail is also accessible to mountain bikers.

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North Rim Trail

The North Rim Trail is 3/4 mile one way and gives hikers the best southern view of the gorge. Several scenic overlooks provide great vies of Oceana Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, L’Eau d’Or Falls, Tempesta Falls, and Hawthorn Cascade and Pool.

South Rim Trail

Also 3/4 mile one way, the South Rim Trail is a moderate hike that contains inclines and five scenic overlooks. Hikers can view Hawthorn Pool, Tempesta Falls, Hurricane Falls, Oceana Falls, Caledonia Cascade and more.

Hurricane Falls Loop Trail

This 2 mile round-trip trail is rated difficult. The trail contains 1,099 stairs including access to the gorge floor.

Gorge Floor Trail

The Gorge Floor trail is rated difficult and permits must be obtained to access the floor. But, if you’re up to the challenge the reward is worth it. The hike is 2.5 miles round trip and there is no soil as the gorge floor is all rocks and boulders.

High Bluff Trail

Another trail that requires a permit, the High Bluff Trail is a moderately difficult hike of 4 miles round-trip. Mountain biking is also allowed on this trail.

Shortline Trail

Shortline Trail is a multi-use trail that measures 3 miles long. Hikers, bikers, and skaters can all use this trail and it is the most accessible. It’s paved and rated east.

Where to Stay When Taking on Tallulah Gorge Hiking Trails

If you’re headed to the North Georgia Mountains to enjoy some Tallulah Gorge hiking trails, then you need a comfortable place to call home during your time in the area so you can rest in between adventures.  Glen-Ella Springs is the perfect place to relax and unwind in between hikes and other activities.  Our rooms and suites combine rustic elegance with modern luxuries that will keep you in the utmost comfort during your time at our Clarkesville bed and breakfast.  Plus, our onsite Restaurant is one of the best fine dining establishments in the area. Experience dishes with bold flavors made with fresh, local ingredients. Our farm-to-table philosophy won’t disappoint your taste buds! When looking for an all around memorable time in the North Georgia Mountains, you can’t go wrong with Glen-Ella Springs. See you soon!

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