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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tallulah Gorge State Park, GA--Summer


Tallulah Gorge is the 'crown jewel' in Georgia's state park systems. It would also qualify as being the state's 'waterfall park'. For it contains 5 fulltime waterfalls and 2 more wet-weather falls. Located to the north and east of the town of Tullulah Falls, its 3000 acres hold some of Georgia's most striking scenery. Designated a state park in 1992, this unit operates through a unique cooperative effort between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Power Company.


There is something there for everyone, from a short, leisurely walk, to an ardurous hike. There's camping, kayaking, swimming, water sliding at Bridal Veil Falls, bird watching, rock-climbing, and even tennis courts. We highly recommend this beautiful place to everyone.


Above is a picture of the gorge --as taken from an overlook. The Tallulah River flows through the gorge. Below are more pictures plus a short video. Be sure and click on the pictures because they are SO much better when viewed larger.









From an overlook, this is the top of Oceana Falls.











This is a view of the South Rim of the gorge. You can see the trail on the other side. (We were on the North Rim trail and took in five overlooks.)









Another view from the North Rim of the gorge; Note some of the rock formations along the north edge.









This is a picture of Hurricane Falls --from the overlook.









I just HAD to take a picture of this cute little yellow flower growing along the North Rim.







George stands at one of the overlooks getting the BEST pictures he can!!!







We had to walk down these steps in order to get to one of the overlooks. It was a hot day ---so I was prepared with my headband and my trusty ole' towel hanging over my camera strap!! I also had my water in my backpack---so I was prepared for the hot day!








video
Be sure and watch and listen to this little video. It is VERY short---but you can hear the water from L'Eau d'Or Falls (Water of Gold). I took the video at an overlook above the waterfall.


Hugs,

43 comments:

♥ Kathy♥ said...

Those are great pictures. I think I would have been terrified to be standing up on those overlooks. Thats a long ways down!

Nina P. said...

Wow Betsy, A Piece of Heaven on Earth! Beautiful! I love the video: the view, the sounds, and the bird taking off from a tree top near the end of the video. You are truly Blessed to be able to travel and see God’s country with the one you Love. How amazing is that! I Love your photo’s., they make me want to run out and join you! Stay joyful and keep the photo’s and stories coming. Love and Light, Nina P.

Cedar ... said...

Nice! Especially the little video.

Jayne said...

What a beautiful place Betsy! Thanks for taking us along.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Thanks for taking us on your hike...the scenery was beautiful and it seemed soooo coooollll from my chair....

NatureStop said...

Betsy,
What a beautiful place and the waterfalls look great.You look nice and prepared for the climb.The video is cool.Thanks for sharing.

NatureStop said...

Betsy,
What a beautiful place and the waterfalls look great.You look nice and prepared for the climb.The video is cool.Thanks for sharing.

Jamie and Randy said...

I was just wondering about this park the other day and Voila! You do a post on it! I can't wait to read the next one.--Randy

Connie said...

You visit some of the most fabulous places. Breathtaking views! The video was really neat. Loved it all.

Peggy said...

Your photos are almost like being there! I so enjoy your trips

Arkansas Patti said...

I think it is great you and George have similar passions.
Curious though, do you all take the leisurely walks or the ardurous hikes? It all looks a bit ardurous to me so either way I'm impressed.
Thanks for making the trip unardurous for us.

Mildred said...

Truly beautiful pictures and I do remember just how very hot it was the weekend you two visited the gorge.

Susie said...

It is gorgeous Betsy. Thanks for the video. Loved hearing the lovely sounds.

Tina said...

Nice video, Betsy! You have some awesome shots of those visitas in Georgia..what a nice place to visit!!
Did I tell you I like your new header..what an awesome closeup of that flower...kind of like a Georgia O'Keeffe painting!!

Beth said...

What a beautiful place, Betsy! And great photos. Yet another spot to add to my list of Places I Must Visit Someday. :-) I really do enjoy seeing all these lovely places you and George visit. Thanks for taking me along---I enjoy my virtual, vicarious travels. :-)

Karin said...

What a lovely view! My legs would turn to jelly so close to the edge! Thanks for the video too; enjoyed hearing your voice - and the waterfall. Stunning! Lovely post to start my day as it's off to work I go!

NCmountainwoman said...

Wonderful rugged area. I loved the video.

Dorothy said...

Great post on this beautiful place! We didn't hike the trails and therefore didn't get pictures as good as yours! It was Fall when we were there and the colors were gorgeous!

Darla said...

Yes mam the falls can be loud. Come see mine!!! I thought of you while I was there.

Bird Girl said...

What a place! It looks divine! You guys sure do know how to find the gems to visit and hike! Loved the video and a good job narrating ;-)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Just a beautiful visit for all of us!
I swear, one day, we will stop here for a visit on our way to N.C.!

Kamana said...

what a great day out!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Just a beautiful and refreshing place, a little piece of heaven.
Thanks for sharing with us, I would never get that close to the edge George fence or no fence ...lol.
Just spectacular.

bettyl said...

My how things change! It's been a long time since I was up that way--back in the '70's-- and I 'm glad they finally made it an official parkland. Thanks for the revisit.

Smilingsal said...

That video is gorgeous and quite impressive. Thank you.

Joy said...

I lived in GA for a few years but never went to view this Gorge. Pretty pictures. North Georgia is so pretty anyway. Makes me miss it.


Joy

bookbabie said...

Great pics, we just had a few days of summer here, although it cooled down today. Oh well, that's Michigan!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Beautiful place and pictures...m..

This Country Girl said...

Oh my goodness, Betsy, that's beautiful! You all DO visit the most gorgeous places! I LOVED all the pictures!

And yes, I too would love to live in Jasper! I left part of my heart there! I found my perfect spot for my log cabin with an awesome view!

Hopefully we'll get to the other places you mentioned. My mom and dad have been to one of them!

Have a great Betsy!
Tammy

Deborah Godin said...

More beauty, more falls, and a nice gorge (nice George, too :-)

Grammy said...

I love the photo's and the video make you feel right there thanks. It is a wonderful place.

Snap said...

How lovely. The sound of water and waterfalls ... two of my favorite things. Thanks for taking us along!

Judy said...

Sounds like a beautiful, interesting and fun place to visit. Loved the sounds of the water. Thanks for sharing.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wow,what gorgeous scenery.This looks like one of those places where you see beauty no matter where you look.
Blessings,Ruth

A Joyful Chaos said...

How very lovely! Thanks for sharing it with us.

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful photos, the gorge is such a wonderful place.

Do they still have the swinging bridge?

Hugs,
Judy

Lola said...

I've been by there many times but never stopped to explore the surrounding attractions. Now I wish I had.

Robin's New Song said...

Never visited Georgia, but sure would love to, absolutely gorgeous!

Kelly said...

Wow! This place looks awesome! All those falls. I bet there are a lot of birds there too!

Janie said...

That's a perfect place for your vacation, Georgia's premier waterfall park!
Beautiful. I enjoyed the video, too.

Daisy said...

Looks like a great place to visit. Isn't it amazing what beauty you can find in nature?

Kirigalpoththa said...

Superb location and thanks a lot for sharing this with us!

Julie said...

Incredible photos of Tallulah Falls, Betsy! Two years in a row, my husband and I got out of where we live...way down near the bottom of Florida...and visited so many waterfalls in Georgia and No. Carolina and Tennesssee. Such amazing beauty...and the sounds there are just fantastic...the birds and little hummingbirds too! One of my fav waterfalls is Anna Ruby Falls. An easy slow climb...but what gorgeous scenery! Thanks for your incredible blog...I am enjoying it soooo much!
Julie