Hurricane Falls is a nearly 100 foot waterfall on the Tallulah River. The waterfall is in the Tallulah Gorge State Park and is one of five waterfalls along the river as it flows through the gorge. There are breathtaking views and the hike to get there is just as gorgeous. This waterfall is best viewed by hiking to the floor of the Tallulah Gorge. You must get a permit to hike to the floor so get to the park early as they only give out 100 permits per day (weather permitting).
Park at the Tallulah Gorge State Park ($5 parking fee per car) and enter the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center. At the information desk the rangers will give you maps and information about trail length and difficulty.
About the Tallulah Gorge State Park
One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10 mile trail.
Exhibits in the park’s Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. The persistent trillium, monkey-face orchid and green salamander are protected species found within the gorge. An award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge, including footage of rock climbers and kayakers. A gift shop offers snacks, jewelry, toys, books, walking sticks, clothing and more.
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