Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Tallulah Gorge Trails - Shortline and Rim Trail - GA

February 13, 2018

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

HIKERS - Mike Bell, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Renee Corbett, Pam Euliss, Angela Evans, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Dave Norton, Mary Lu Norton, Jeanne O'Connor, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson and Paulette Williams.

TRAIL INFO. - We hiked the Shortline Trail as a loop starting at the Historic Jail and hiking to the lower end of the Shortline Trail by walking down the old highway along the Tallulah Falls Lake and looped back to the start on the Shortline Trail. 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 - 5.7 miles with only a few hills. Difficulty rating - mostly easy except for the short climb up to Inspiration Point.

DIRECTIONS: Tallulah Gorge State Park is about 10 miles south of Clayton, GA on Highway 441. For the Shortline Trail, turn to the right at the traffic light in Tallulah Falls (if coming from the north) 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 48 to 53 degrees F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: None

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Robin, Tuffted Titmouse, American Crow, Cardinal, White-breasted Nuthatch and Red-tailed Hawk.

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


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The start of today's hike at the Historic Tallulah Falls Jail.
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Headed down Old HWY 441 along the lake.
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Passing by the old Tallulah Falls Railroad Trestle piers.
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GA Power Hydro Plant Terrora completed in 1925 still running today!
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Old 441 crosses the Tallulah River here.
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On the Shortline Trail crossing the river on the suspension bridge.
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The Shortline Trail follows the path of the old Tallulah Falls Railroad.
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After finishing the Shortline, we walk up the lakeside road to hike the North Rim Trail.
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The North Rim Trail brings you past several breathtaking look-offs deep into the gorge.
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Here we look back to Tallulah Falls Dam.
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Awesome views at each lookoff!
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Signs at each look-off tell you what you are seeing!
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The suspension bridge over the gorge.
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Spectacular Tallulah Gorge!
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Our GPS track
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Our GPS Elevation Profile
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The OFHC gang for today's hike (l-r) Tony Presley, Donna Presley &"Coco", Dick Metzgar, Pam Euliss, Ray Clark, Mike Bell, Renee Corbett, Paulette Williams, Angela Evans, Jeanne O'Connor, Mary Lu Norton, Joe Collins, Dave Norton & "Clover", Bob Magee and Vic Robson.


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