OK, you’ve peered down into Tallulah Gorge from the Tallulah Point Overlook tourist trap, and got a taste of what to expect. But now, you want to see more. Drive into the town of Tallulah Falls, and stop at Tallulah Gorge State Park.
To view the gorge, you’ll want to take the south trail (the north trail runs along the lake, on the other side of the dam). For the most part, the trail is level, but you will have to climb a few stairs.
There are five viewpoints along the trail. One of the first provides this view of the dam, and US Hwy. 441.
After about a half mile of hiking, the final two viewpoints provide a great view of some of the gorge’s waterfalls. They’re a bit far away…
… so you’ll need to zoom in with your camera lens or binoculars.
For a better view, consider descending several hundred stairs to the bottom of the gorge, where a swinging bridge awaits. It’s about 600 steps down, and another 600 back up, so be prepared for weak knees. Also worth noting: if you want to depart from the staircase and bridge, and walk on down to the water’s edge, you’ll need to obtain a permit. Only 100 are issued per day, and access may be restricted on “release days”.
Note: This trip was first published in 2006.