Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Tallulah Gorge State Park Trails, GA

December 13, 2016

Today, we hiked the trails at Tallulah Gorge State Park at Tallulah Falls, GA. The Shortline Trail, Tallulah Falls Lakeside and Tallulah Gorge North Rim Trail.

HIKERS - John Anderson, Mike Bell, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Tim Hale, Bill Hunt, Bob Magee, Jeanne O'Connor and Tony Presley .

TRAIL INFO. - We hiked the Shortline Trail as a loop starting at the Historic Jail end and hiking to the lower end of the Shortline Trail and walking up the old highway 441 along the Tallulah Falls Lake and back to the start. Next, we followed the shoreline of Tallulah Falls Lake on the park road past the swimming area up to the new highway 441 and hiked the North Rim Trail. Spectacular gorge views along the rim trail!

Total hiking distance today - 5 miles with only a couple of gentle hills. Difficulty rating - mostly easy.

DIRECTIONS: Tallulah Gorge State Park is about 10 miles south of Clayton, GA on Highway 441. If driving from Clayton, turn to the right at the traffic light in Tallulah Falls (if driving from the south turn Left), then turn right and park at the gravel parking lot at the historic Tallulah Falls Jail on the right just before the bridge. Walk across the bridge and turn right up the short hill to the start of the Shortline Trail.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 42 to 50 degrees F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: None

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: American Crow, Towhee, Cardinal, White-breasted Nuthatch and Carolina Wren.

scroll down for photos and video from today.......


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The start of our hike today - The Historic Tallulah Falls Jail.
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The old piers of the Tallulah Falls Railroad.
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We had nine hikers braving the 70% chance of rain.....but no rain fell!
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We hiked the Shortline Trail first. It follows the path of the old Tallulah Falls Railroad.
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This nice asphalt trail has several footbridges.
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After reaching the end of the Shortline Trail, we cross the Tallulah river on the old Highway 441 bridge.
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We pass by the Terrora Hydroelectric Plant built by Georgia Power Co.
and still operating since 1915. 16,000 KW capacity
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After returning to the start, we walk the shoreline road up to the gorge.
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We hiked the North Rim Trail next.
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A sign of the times!
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The gorge Rim Trails offer multiple breathtaking overlooks into the gorge.
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A great view of L'Eau D'Or Falls and Hawthorne Pool.
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Looking deep into the gorge we can see the suspension bridge above Hurricane Falls.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) John Anderson, Jeanne O'Connor, Joe Collins, Ray Clark, Tim Hale, Bob Magee, Mike Bell, Bill Hunt and Tony Presley.

SEE VIDEO OF THE HIKE BELOW!

SEE MANY MORE GREAT PHOTOS FROM THE HIKE BELOW! -click photo


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