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Whitewater-Watching Hike Returns to Tallulah Falls This Weekend

Apr 05, 2016 01:37PM ● By Kevin

Photo courtesy of Peter McIntosh -

Looking to kick off an exciting spring of outdoor exploration? A ranger-led hike takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, starting at 11 a.m., down to Bridal Veil Falls. Watch brave souls whitewater paddle the Tallulah River. The water flowing through the gorge will be much stronger than usual, according to the official website of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The strong water flow makes the falls even more beautiful.

"Bring a snack and lots of water," the event site says. "The hike is strenuous! No pets allowed, kids must be 10 or older. Register in advance.

Admission is $15. It is $5 to park. The event takes place at 
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA, and will end around 3 p.m.

For more information, click here, or call 

If you can't make it this weekend, additional hikes will take place every weekend in November prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

More About the Park

One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10-mile trail.
Exhibits in the park’s Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. The persistent trillium, monkey-face orchid and green salamander are protected species found within the gorge. An award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge, including footage of rock climbers and kayakers. A gift shop offers snacks, jewelry, toys, books, walking sticks, clothing and more.

Information courtesy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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