On our numerous drives back and forth to Tallahassee, we pass by a number of National Parks and I’ve always lamented that we never seem to make time to stop at any of them. This past weekend, I decided that we were going to make a special trip down to Tallulah Falls, Georgia (about 45 minutes from us) so that we could finally see the spectacular gorge that I’d been reading about. Here’s a description of the gorge from their website:
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 free permit (limit 100 per day) to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls.
Boy, was it worth the drive. Here are some pictures from the North Rim Trail:
Here, you can see hikers making their way down to the gorge floor.
Here are some pictures from the South Rim Trail:
You’ll notice that I was in jeans and flip flops – not exactly perfect hiking gear. I had researched the difficulty of the trails and since we had Lexi with us, we had decided to stick to the easy paths on this first trip. You can see here that the trails are quite smooth and very well trod.
Now that we’ve taken this first exploratory trip, I cannot wait to go back (in full hiking gear) in the fall to get the full experience. I’ve been to a number of gorgeous locations on this earth and Tallulah Gorge is definitely up there with the most breathtaking of them.