Tallulah River
Tallulah Gorge

The rugged headwaters of the scenic Tallulah River begin in the North Carolina mountains at 5,499 feet and flow into Georgia through the old mining and logging town of Tate City in northeast Georgia.  Just upstream from its confluence with the Coleman River it flows through Rock Mountain Gorge.  This scenic gorge is accessible by driving along the Tallulah River Road (Forest Service Road 70).  The road follows an old railroad bed and is the only access to Tate City. The river flows 47.7 miles through the Chattahoochee National Forest, the Southern Nantahala Wilderness, through the five Georgia Power lakes on its way to Tallulah Gorge where it tumbles through a dramatic series of five waterfalls known collectively as Tallulah Falls.  The Tallulah River intersects with the Chattooga River to form the Tugaloo River at Lake Tugalo in Habersham County, which then joins South Carolina‘s Seneca River at Lake Hartwell to create the Savannah River which flows southeastward into the Atlantic Ocean