Tallulah Falls Lake

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Enjoy a Day of Fun at the Tallulah Falls Lake

Located in the town of Tallulah Falls in Georgia, a popular destination among the citizens of Augusta and Atlanta, the Tallulah Gorge State Park is one of the most beloved tourist areas. The primary reason for that is the beautiful Tallulah Lake.

The State Park is home to three lakes, among which Tallulah Falls Lake is the most attractive for miscellaneous tourist purposes. A 63-acre reservoir with 3.6 miles of shoreline, this lake offers a possibility for numerous activities to both locals and visitors, such as swimming, fishing, boating, and picnicking.

Additionally, Glen-Ella Springs Inn & Restaurant, which is considered the most popular bed and breakfast with spectacular food and pleasant accommodations in the area, is just a 15-minutes drive from the lake. On this page, you will find out about all the things you should do on a fun holiday spend at Tallulah Gorge.

Tallulah Falls Lake Fishing

All fishermen need for a fun day on the several fishing spots at Lake Tallulah is a boat fishing license or permit that can be obtained locally. Some of the fish types you can find in the lake include bluegill, black crappie, white crappie, redear sunfish, spotted bass, and largemouth bass.

The fishing pier in the Terra Day Use Area (located between Georgia Power Company and Georgia DNR) is available for visitors of Tallulah Lake.

You should bear in mind the specific enforced horsepower limit that every lake has. Tallulah Lake’s limit is at 5hp.

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Which is the Best Season for Going to Tallulah Gorge State Park?

Tallulah Falls Lake north and south rims in North GeorgiaWhile Tallulah Gorge State Park offers tourist services every day of the year, there are specific activities you can do in different seasons. For example, leaf-peeping and taking photographs of the beautiful fall foliage is a nice way to spend a summer day at the state park.

Kayaking is another popular activity you can choose to take part in during autumn or spring when whitewater releases are scheduled. The possibility of hiking, swimming, and joining a specialized summer camp makes Tallulah Gorge an attractive destination for your summer holiday, too.

Hiking in Tallulah Gorge State Park

There are more than 20 miles of easy to heart-pumping hiking trails that lead to the Tallulah Lake, the Tallulah waterfalls, and a suspension bridge located 80 feet above the Tallulah River. The suspension bridge loop offers several spectacular overlooks for tourists visiting the park.

Every day, 100 permits are given to enthusiastic hikers that want to gain gorge floor access and do sliding rock climbing. The permits may often run out early on weekends, so hikers that wish to proceed to the canyon should be ready for more than 1,000 steps of hiking.

There is a paved Shortline Trail following the Tallulah Falls Railroad Bed that lets families with young children experience the scenic beauty of the natural resources offered by Tallulah Gorge as one of the four Georgia State Parks in the Canyon Climbers Club quest.

Tourers must wear proper hiking equipment and obtain permits from the Spectre Interpretive Center in order to enter the gorge floor for free. The gorge is protected by law as a crucial natural habitat.

Waterfalls in Tallulah Gorge State Park

The Tallulah Gorge State Park is the home of five gorgeous waterfalls: Hurricane Falls, Tempesta Falls, Oceana Falls, Bridal Veil Falls (also known as Sliding Rock falls), and L’Eau d’Or. With the exception of Bridal Veil, all of them can be seen from rim overlooks.

The water flow over Tallulah Falls Lake varies from 35 to 40 CFS (cubic feet per second).

During so-called “whitewater weekends” in spring and autumn (more specifically April and November”, the flow raises to 500-700 CFS. With waterfalls thundering through the gorge, hiking to the bottom isn’t allowed in these cases, but tourists can enjoy the view from the rim trails.

Biking in Tallulah Gorge

Mountain biking trails like Stoneplace Trail and High Bluff Trail, including the North and South Rim Trails are perfect for mountain cycling, whereas the Shortline Trail is more suitable for casual bikers and those that use training wheels.

The most adventurous and enthusiastic hikers can join the Muddy Spokes Club of Georgia State Parks and participate in a quest of biking in different parks across the state.

The Rich History of Tallulah Gorge

One of the most spectacular canyons in the U.S., Tallulah Gorge, was first discovered in 1819. The astonishing waterfalls formed by the Tallulah River cascading from 1,000 ft. through the forested North Georgian Mountains were initially named “Niagara of the South” and created such a tourist frenzy that locals offered their homes to visitors.

A railroad that reaches Tallulah Falls was finally built in 1882, which established the current appeal of the place as a tourist attraction.

In its early days, Tallulah Gorge State Park was an outstanding and isolated canyon in the eastern part of the US.

Events at Tallulah Gorge

Experienced guides offer scheduled hiking tours, paddling tours, astronomy nights, holiday events, and even specialized programs such as Junior Ranger Camps and Women’s Wilderness Weekends. You can check the park’s event calendar to get a hold of the complete schedule of tourist events.

Other Fun Activities

Apart from the aforementioned activities, you can also spend a warm day of picnicking, geocaching, or using the playgrounds for sport.

Picnic shelters and picnic tables near Tallulah Lake can be reserved for special occasions like family reunions or birthday parties.

Where to Stay?

With a rich choice of 50 sites that offer hot showers as well as electric and water hookups, Tallulah Gorge State Park is an ideal destination for camping.

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