My husband and I had the opportunity to get away for a few days sans kids and do some exploring in North Georgia! I was able to score a Ga State Parks Pass from one of my local libraries, which allows free admission into any Ga State Park. You can check them out once a year, for one week. Our friends Gary and Ann graciously invited us to enjoy their vacation home by Lake Burton for the week while we explored the area!
Our first stop on the way up to the lake was at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Tallulah Gorge State Park is a 2,689-acre state park adjacent to Tallulah Falls, Georgia along the county line between Rabun and Habersham Counties. The gorge, a giant two-mile-long gash in the beautiful terrain, drops nearly 1000 feet deep over steep walls to the canyon floor below. Tallulah Falls is the gorge’s series of six spectacular rushing waterfalls.
I was REALLY bummed that we weren't able to get down to the gorge floor. They were working on the dam the day we went and floor access was prohibited. If you're lucky, you can score a gorge floor permit -limited to 100 per day, to cross the tumbling river and scramble over the boulders of Siding Rock Trail. There are days when they don't give out passes, such as water release days and during times of construction. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. We did get to check that out- as well as the rim trails to several overlooks.
There are a LOT of stairs and you do need to be in decent shape to hike the entire area. I definitely want to go back when we can go all the way down to the gorge floor! Here are some photos of our time there.