Review: Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park is located in Rabun County in extreme northeast Georgia. Tallulah Gorge is one of the parks that we have made many day trips to through the years but September 2020 was our first time camping there. We stayed in Site 36 which I dubbed “the worst site in the park.” This site itself was fine; it was a corner site with access from two directions. So, what made it so bad? The tiny clump of trees at the corner which meant that no matter which direction you chose, the travel trailer would have to be at a ninety degree angle to the tow vehicle in order to back into the site. We’ve had a travel trailer for several years now but backing into a site can still be a test of the strength of our marriage; this one stressed both of us. However, in spite of our stress levels – and the guy who decided he had to drive through our site while we were backing in (seriously, dude?) – the process went easier than we expected. The campground host came over after we got set up and told us that we had done a good job; I really appreciated that.

There are lots of things to do at Tallulah Gorge and they all involve hiking/walking. There is a suspension bridge, a rim trail with several scenic overlooks and the gorge floor. Gorge floor hikes require a free permit that must be picked up from the interpretive center on the day of your hike; permits are limited to 100 per day. Also, those planning to hike the gorge must wear proper footwear, meaning no Crocs or flip flops. I highly recommend the gorge hike if you get the opportunity.

We did the gorge hike with our boys when they were young. Close to the end of the hike we had to work our way across the river so we could climb out the other side. Our oldest son still insists that we almost let him “wash out to sea”. He was actually safely tucked away in a small pool. It was his younger brother who was headed over a small falls. We snagged him before he went over but life was exciting for a few minutes, LOL. Ah, memories! On another note, I wouldn’t trade being a “boy mom” for anything.

One thing to remember when visiting Tallulah Gorge or any outdoor location in Georgia is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Our visit was in September which is when the brutal temperatures of August are behind us and things begin to cool off. However, “cool” is a relative term. Temps in the 80s (Fahrenheit) with a humidity level of 60-80% is brutal for those of us who live here much less those who aren’t used to such high humidity.

Note: For some reason, WordPress decided not to let me caption my photos. (insert eye roll here) The first photo is, obviously, Tallulah Falls. The second one is from underneath the suspension bridge. Why? Just because I like geometry of the supports.

Until next time, happy trails!

3 thoughts on “Review: Tallulah Gorge State Park

  1. Looks like a wonderful park to visit. Camping at a park provides a different experience that just a day visit; although, both are enjoyable. Should we ever visit this park, we will try to avoid site #36. I had issues with WordPress yesterday. It wouldn’t post my reply comments. And it wouldn’t let me caption my photos either – that I could see. If I clicked below the photo, I could type – but not see it, until I did the preview. A bit tricky. I captioned just one that way. I had three children – including twin boys, and I loved being a “boy mom”, too. And your warning about the heat and humidity is quite relevant these days. I enjoy reading your posts. Enjoy your day, and safe travels!

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    • It’s good to know I wasn’t the only one having problems. I went under the media tab and added captions to my pictures but they never showed up in the post. I’ve told Kenn that we need to move; I don’t deal with Georgia summers very well any more, LOL.

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      • I understand. It can get very hot here in St. Charles. My son recently bought a house in Dallas. We talked about moving there eventually, but I don’t think I could take the summer heat. So, maybe we will just visit often in the fall and winter. 🙂 Safe travels!

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