The North Georgia Mountains are considered one of the most beautiful natural areas of Georgia. In the southern end of those mountains, centrally located between Atlanta, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, is Tallulah Gorge State Park. Famous for its breathtaking, 1,000-foot vertical gorge and collection of five stunning waterfalls, this park is a must-visit for all adventure seekers and nature lovers.
In 1913, a dam was constructed on the Tallulah and Tugaloo Rivers to bring power to most of Georgia. This created the 63-acre Tallulah Lake, which provides swimming, boating, and fishing to visitors of Tallulah Gorge State Park. In 1992, Tallulah Gorge State Park became an official state park under the partnership of Georgia Power, the company who built the dam nearly 80 years before.
This 2,700-acre park is located in Georgia, but rides the Georgia/South Carolina border. If you're one of the lucky few, the park offers the first 100 visitors of the day permits to check out the gorge floor. From there, you can visit the observation deck and see the rushing Hurricane Falls. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, or rock climber, just book an RV in Habersham County or Rabun County and unleash your adventurous side.
Tallulah Gorge State Park is flush with trails for the hikers in your group. The park boasts six trails that expand to nearly 20 miles of hiking. These trails range from easy to very difficult, so there's a trail for everyone. Campers at Tallulah Gorge can follow the North Rim and South Rim trails to get a good look at all of the park’s many waterfalls. Some of the other, less rocky trails are open to mountain bikers as well. The Shortline Trail is three miles of paved path, which makes it perfect for skates, wheelchairs, and bikes. Note that pets aren't allowed on the gorge floor or any trail that leads to the gorge.
On your walks, enjoy a bit of excitement as you cross the suspension bridge over the Tallulah Gorge. This 200-foot wooden bridge hangs 80 feet above the base of the gorge and is one of the best ways to see the gorge. Another great way to get up close and personal with this area is along the Gorge Floor Trail, which lets you walk the floor itself.
If the Georgia heat is getting to be too much, take a dip in the Tallulah Lake. Motorhome campers at Tallulah Gorge will find Tallulah Lake to be the perfect spot for a midday swim or kayak trip. That sandy beach will provide fun for the family or maybe even that bit of relaxation you deserve.
Camping at Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Gorge's campground offers 50 sites for tent and RV campers. Standard sites come with 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups and can accommodate vehicles up to 50 feet long. Both back-in and pull-through sites are available. Additional amenities include restrooms, showers, and a dump station. Domesticated pets are allowed at certain sites; check the park’s website to find a space that works best for your RV rental.
The Tallulah Gorge Interpretive Center is located on the western side of the park. With a lovely, knowledgeable staff and a fun gift shop, this place is here to answer all of the camping and park questions you may have during your stay.
Exploring the Area
With the capital city of Atlanta not too far away, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained after your RV camping trip. Try taking the family to the Georgia Aquarium. There are hundreds of animals to see, including whale sharks, African penguins, California sea lions, and even the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. If you have a spark for adventure, take a professionally supervised swim with manta rays and whale sharks! Learn all about our underwater friends at the Georgia Aquarium.
Looking for something fun and educational for the youngsters in your family? Check out the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. This spot specializes in inspiring children with games and hands-on exhibits designed to spark interest in culture, technology, arts, math, literacy, and more. The museum is open six days a week and is closed on Sundays, so make sure to visit the website or call for information on hours of operation.
Athens is one of the closest big Georgian cities to Tallulah Gorge State Park. In affiliation with the University of Georgia, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia flourishes with beauty and brilliance. It strives to conserve the natural habitat and educate its visitors. Take the kids to the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden or go on a romantic stroll down the Heritage Garden or Hummingbird Trail.
Tallulah Gorge State Park campers will find themselves smack in the middle of many major cities, including Greenville, South Carolina. If your trip takes you east, try experiencing The Peace Center. Catch a live Broadway show and sing along to all of your favorite musical classics, or check the calendar to see if your favorite band is coming through.
There are plenty of gas stations nearby to fill your tank before you hit the road. The Bavarian-influenced town of Helen is only 30 minutes away, which has many restaurants to fill your belly and get you ready for your next adventure.