Tallulah Gorge State Park is a spectacular
joint venture of the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources and Georgia Power that
preserves one of the deepest canyons in the
eastern United States. Located within the city limits of Tallulah Falls,
Georgia, the canyon reaches depths of nearly
1,000 feet and features seven key waterfalls.
Two miles long, the gorge is rich in both
natural and cultural history and is ranked as
one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia.
While many today believe that the name "Tallulah" originated with the Cherokee, there
is a bit of a debate on that topic. The name is
similar to a Cherokee word that means "The
Terrible," but the Cherokee themselves knew
the gorge by the name "Ugunyi." The name "Tallulah" was applied by white settlers at
some point before the Civil War. Natural Wonder of Georgia
Access to the canyon bottom is by permit
only. Permits are free and can be obtained at the interpretive center, but note that ONLY
100 permits are issued per day. The park is extremely popular and the quota of permits is
often filled first thing in the morning. Karen and Lee did obtain the permit in 2005, but not on this date in 2014. Those flashback photos are posted and can be reached through the sub-menu at the bottom of this page.