Hi friends! I hope you are ready for some hiking, because today we are going on an adventure! Ever since we moved to Georgia we have been on the look-out for good hikes because there are finally mountains!! Can a get a whoop?! WHOOPPP!!! Jackson and I love a good hike, but I will warn you that this hike is not for the faint of heart! (Also I don’t recommend this hike in the dog days of summer. You might die!!! ….well, maybe not die, but a heat stroke is definitely possible.) We are on an adventure to see Tallulah Falls, which is one of the highest waterfalls in all of Georgia!
Whenever you come to Tallulah Gorge State Park there is an option to visit an overlook to see the falls from high above. It’s a cute little shack with a BBQ place, old-fashioned candy, and some information on a lady named Wallenda who tight-wired over the falls a long time ago!
On the back side of the building there is the overlook and it honestly makes the falls look so tiny being up so high! Before you leave the store, make sure to grab a bottle of water if you don’t already have one. You are going to need it!
After you visit the overlook you can drive down to the welcome center and pay $5 for parking. The gift shop inside is pretty adorable and they have some neat stickers for sale featuring Tallulah Falls. Once you have visited the welcome center you can start making your way through the paths to get to the top of the falls.
The view is incredible! I don’t know about you, but I just love a good waterfall! This waterfall is huge and goes on for awhile! As you walk along the trail you are walking down the length of the waterfall.
Now here is where it gets tricky. There are about 750 steps down to a beautiful suspension bridge that crosses over the gorge. Then there are another 450 steps to the bottom of the gorge itself. I’m not talking about walking steps either, I am talking about full-blown stair steps. Now, that might not sound too bad but remember what goes down must also go back up….
Once you reach the bottom of the gorge you are welcomed by a beautiful waterfall! It’s not as big as the main falls, but it’s still large nonetheless. If you go in the summer you can actually swim in the bottom of the gorge, which will help cool you off a bit from the hike down!
After you have made it to the bottom you have the option to go up the way you came down or go up the opposite direction on the other side of the gorge. Honestly, I don’t know if either side is easier. This is where the heat stroke comes in. I mean it when I say this hike is not for the faint of heart!! However, if you like a good waterfall and a pleasant day in the woods, then I know you will love Tallulah Gorge State Park!