Tallulah Gorge State Park is a vast 2,689 acre stretch of land located on the Appalachian Trail in the scenic North Georgia Mountains. Stretched between two lakes and fed by the Tallulah River, the gorge is over 1,000 feet deep and two miles long and is one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern United States. Tallulah State Park is a true gem of the region and features six major waterfalls, numerous serene lakes, and tons of opportunities for recreation. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, this GA State Park truly has something for everyone.
Explore Tallulah State Park
Nestled in the heart of the mountains, Glen-Ella Springs Inn is just a short fifteen-minute drive from one of the most breathtaking areas in the state and is the perfect place to retreat after a day of adventure. Here are some of our favorite ways to explore the Tallulah Gorge State Park.
- Archery: Tallulah is one of the only state parks in Georgia that has a free archery range for guests to enjoy. Feel free to bring your own gear instead of renting and practice your aim out in the wilderness for a day of priceless fun.
Hiking & Biking: More than 20 miles of trails of varying difficulty can be found throughout Tallulah State Park. The easiest is the Shortline Trail, a paved path that is accessible for strollers, bicycles, roller blades, and more. For more advanced mountaineers, head to the North and South Rim Trails and challenge yourself to a tougher trek. Just be sure to wear appropriate clothing for the time of year.
- Geocaching: This new phenomenon merges nature with technology and creates a fun-filled adventure for guests. Using a handheld GPS system, you can participate in a new-age treasure hunt right in the State Park. Just look for a small gift that a previous park-goer has left behind, and in return, leave something for the next family. Each time you find a treasure, be sure to sign the virtual logbook to share your experience.
- Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes: In the summertime, guests can enjoy a captivating night hike to see the park under the stars. This mile-long walk takes you down the stairs, across the suspension bridge, and along the rim of the gorge, lit by the glow of the moon. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
- Full Moon Lake Paddle: For another relaxing night time activity, you can enjoy a leisurely paddle around Tallulah Lake as the full moon reflects off the water. This ranger-led event is an exciting way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature.
- Gorge Floor Hike: In May, guests can explore the stunning gorge firsthand with a ranger-led gorge floor hike. First you’ll travel down 535 steps to a river crossing, then climb boulders and logs to get to Sliding Rock. Feel free to wear your swimsuit and cool off in the natural slide.
Gear up at Glen-Ella Springs!
Before you head out on your outdoor excursion, be sure to get a restful night’s sleep at our Clarkesville bed and breakfast and fuel your body with a gourmet breakfast in the morning. You’ll leave feeling energized, refreshed, and ready to take on the day!
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