Hike to Hurricane Falls, Tallulah Gorge SP

Hike to Hurricane Falls, Tallulah Gorge SP

Tallulah Gorge Parking Area

Distance

1.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

1000 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

This hike offers incredible views of beautiful waterfalls roaring through a 1,000ft deep gorge. The hike consists of a grouping of stairs that take you down to Hurricane Falls which is located at the bottom of the gorge. Half way to the bottom, the hike crosses the gorge on a suspension providing a different perspective.

The trail is located in Tallulah Gorge State Park which is about 1 ½ hours northeast of Atlanta, off of Highway 441. There is a $5 per car entry fee into the park and they prefer the use of cash. From there, follow the signs to the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center, where there is parking and plenty of good information about the park.

Behind the Interpretive Center, start out west on the North Rim trail, which takes you to several astonishing overlooks revealing the depths of the gorge with a view of one of the park's waterfalls (L’Eau d’Or Falls) that rush through the bottom.

To the backs of the visitors enjoying the view from the main overlook of the gorge and L’Eau d’Or Falls, there is a set of stairs; this is the trailhead for Hurricane Falls. There are 310 stairs from the trailhead to a suspension bridge that crosses the gorge about half way down. The suspension bridge offers a spectacular perspective of the gorge.

Once across the suspension bridge and on the southern side of the gorge, there are more stairs. The stairs that are to the right head up to the South Rim of the gorge, while the stairs to the left descend another 221 steps to a platform in front of Hurricane Falls. The view at the base of the falls is breathtaking…but not as breathtaking as the 500+ stairs you have to take back up to the North Rim! There are plenty of platforms to stop and rest along the descent and ascent if needed.

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Tallulah Falls

Soooo fun such a good hike. Lots of steps. Absolutely gorgeous. Definitely plan on making this a day trip.

Awesome, would go again!

We took the trail all the way down to the bottom of the falls(need a permit for this but it's easy and free to get). Adventurous hike, the falls were a big slide rock that you can slide all the way down and swim at the bottom! I would rate this hike as moderate, the only strenuous part was for 0.8miles on slide rock trail. Total hike on this trail is 3.4miles. They will give you thorough instructions for the trail.

Great

Good place for an older Boy Scout group.

Distance

1.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

1000 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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