A Trip to Tallulah Falls, Rabun County, Georgia, population 168 nice people, BUT with lots to see and do
At the Southern end of Rabun County is “the City of Tallulah Falls”, home of the famous Tallulah Gorge that is inside the Tallulah Gorge State Park. The Gorge is a 1000 foot deep, two mile long chasm filled with a river, six waterfalls, great hiking trails, spectacular views and whitewater kayaking two weekends in April & three weekends in November (for experts only). There is an interesting Visitor’s Center and lots of Rangers to guide you and tell you all the things to do while you are there on your visit.
On the West side of the Gorge, near Hwy 441, is the Tallulah Point Overlook with a funky store and concessions upstairs with excellent views. Nearby is Tallulah Falls School, a beautiful private school partially in Rabun County. Going a little North over the bridge, turn left or West to see a spectacular lake and the best walking trail anywhere called the Short Line Trail which is part of the Tallulah Gorge State Park. This trail is also referred to by cyclist all around as the Tallulah Falls Rail Trail It is paved, goes along an old railroad bed and is easy to moderate 3 mile roundtrip. Nearby is the historic Athens Y Camp, with autographs on many of the buildings left by 118 years of prior campers They read like a history book for the state of Georgia.
While in the neighborhood, check out Panther Creek and Bridal Veil Falls. If you are “in the city” on a Saturday night between April and November, don’t miss the Tallulah Falls Opry House where Bluegrass (mountain) music has been played and danced to for about 20 years. Hot dogs are on the grill but BYO liquid refreshments and chairs. This is open to all visitors. It is a great time to mix with the local folks and get to hear the stories and music that makes this area so special. There is also a good restaurant and rental cabins too.
When you are done, head North for lots more Rabun County, The Natural Choice. Continue to browse around www.ExploreRabun.com to see all there is to do and what is going on while you are here.