If you’re planning a visit to Helen, Georgia or the surrounding area, Tallulah Gorge State Park should be at the top of your list. Whether you want to just take in the views of one of the most incredible natural wonders or do some extreme hiking, you can do either.
You will be in awe at the amazing view of the gorge and the beautiful mountains. The view is accessible to anyone. If you have limited mobility or have small children, you’ll be able to take in this breathtaking site.
There are also some trails that are easily accessible with several different overlooks along the way. If you’re up for a little bit of physical excursion, it’s worth it to take the steps down to the suspension bridge. The bridge crosses the gorge and it’s a great experience to be above the gorge and see the water rushing on either side of the bridge. From here, you can continue hiking to the south rim or you can go back up the stairs (620).
For those of you who are looking for an extreme hike, grab a permit and you’ll be allowed to hike the gorge floor. You should be in good physical condition and be prepared for a strenuous hike. Only 100 permits are issued a day. They are issued on a first come basis. Be prepared for river crossings and lots of climbing. Dry socks, a rope, and carabiner are a few recommended items for this hike.
In the summer, you can swim and slide down the rock at Bridal Veil Falls. A permit is required to access the sliding rock and you’ll need to cross the river to get here, but since you already plan on getting wet, it just adds to the experience. The natural water slide will dump you into an invigorating swimming hole at the bottom.
Weekends in April and November provide an opportunity to watch extreme kayakers navigate the dam during the whitewater dam release. This is the only time kayakers are allowed in the river. It’s a great experience to watch.
If you have kids, they’ll enjoy the beach. There is a lake across the street where you can swim and enjoy a picnic lunch. You can take a day trip and enjoy everything this incredible park has to offer.
Our cabins and vacation homes are 35-45 minutes away, making this an easy day trip. Ridge Haven cabin is in Clarkesville, making it the closest to the park. Freedom Finder, Memory Maker, and the Helen Waldhaus are approximately 45 minutes away.