Spring is the perfect time for a hike, especially one that involves climbing 600 steps. Take in the gorge-ous views of Tallulah Gorge and get a strenuous workout in the processes with the Hurricane Falls Trail hike:
Tallulah Gorge State Park
This 2-mile long, 1,000-foot deep canyon was formed by the Tallulah River and has been protected land as a Georgia State Park since 1993. A popular tourist attraction since the 1800s, Tallulah Gorge State Park continues to be a top destination for adventure travelers, who can hike, rock climb, mountain bike, kayak, swim, and raft the gorge.
Hurricane Falls Trail
We started our hike from the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center. The trail traditionally starts by turning right at the first intersection, but we took a little detour to the left toward Overlook 1A and Overlook 1. These look down into the gorge with views of the suspension bridge and Bridal Veil Falls. At Overlook 1 you can see the towers used by tightrope walker Karl Wallenda to cross the gorge.
The hike then backtracks past the Interpretive Center and the trail head to Overlooks 3 and 2 for views of Hurricane Falls. The trail then descends into the gorge. 310 metal steps take you down to the suspension bridge that crosses the gorge, swaying 80 feet in the air. Once across the bridge, turn left and continue down another set of 221 steps to the gorge floor and base of Hurricane Falls.
After taking some pictures of the falls, it was back up the 221 steps to the suspension bridge, and then up 347 steps to the South Rim. This is why there are all of those “Strenuous Hike” warning signs posted around. We rested at the top before turning left toward Overlooks 8, 9, and 10. At the top of a clear rocky area near Overlook 10, we picked a few trees and set up our hammocks, after struggling at first since it was our first time ever putting up hammocks, and sat back and relaxed for a bit. An older couple sat near us looking for Peregrine Falcons nesting across the gorge.
From Overlook 10, we backtracked past the top of the steps toward Overlooks 7 and 6, passing a pavilion and a mural. The trail exits the park where you have to then cross the river along Hwy 441. The trail turns right and down some stairs, but not nearly as many as we’ve already been down. Then turn left to head back toward the Interpretive Center. Overlooks 5 and 4 offers views of the dam. Then the trail continues through a shady overhang of trees until it loops back to Overlook 3. From there, we headed back to the Interpretive Center, ending our 2.25 mile hike.
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