Tallulah Falls, Georgia
Tallulah Gorge Waterfall
A Photographers Adventure
A couple of months ago, my husband and I decided to join the North Georgia Art Guild. So we wanted to start taking a few weekends and go to North Georgia to shoot photography. We figured, since we will be attending several different art shows, displaying photography that was taken in North Georgia would be a good thing especially for travelers attending the shows and festivals.
On Easter morning (2012) we headed out our front door at 5:30AM with our cameras and decided we wanted to photograph the sun coming up over Black Rock Mountain, which is located in North Georgia. Needless to say, we were pushed out of our spot because there was a huge event going on there that morning; so we just left (we did get a few really good photos though).
We were not giving up on our day of doing photography; so we decided to go to Tallulah Falls, and hike the Tallulah Gorge. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!! Tallulah Falls is only a few miles going south from Black Rock Mountain, so it did not take that long to get there.
Tallulah Gorge State Park is located in Tallulah, Georgia. It is part of our North Gerogia Mountain area and is indeed a landmark. As hard as it is to believe, before Easter Sunday (2012) I had never been to Tallulah Gorge to hike and I have lived in Georgia off and on for many years!
Tallulah Gorge is one of the most spectacular canyons in the Eastern United States. It is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. There are several trails that leads to overlooks and there is also a suspension bridge that is 80 feet above the rocky bottom.
One of the many memories of Tallulah Gorge is when Karl Wallenda tightroped across the gorge in 1970 (which I took pictures of the tower he used; which I will post.)
There are several different waterfalls, and so much more!!
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Karl Wallenda Tightroping
Karl Wallanda-This is the Tower
Karl Wallenda's Children
Karl Wallenda's children Nik and Delilah tight roped across the same building where their father had died in 1978.
The top of the Stairs in the Video
The Stairs at the Gorge!!!
OMG-there are a lot of steps!!
After my husband and I had walked around forever, we came to the steps that lead down to the suspension bridge. My husband looked at me and said, "are you ready?" Seriously? I looked at him and said, "remember-every step we walk down, we will have to walk back up!" So we started down, oh walking the stairs was nothing... walking up the steps is a completely different story!
The walk down the steps was unbelievable, both of us had gotten a lot of photos. Once we made it to the suspension bridge and walked across-we found out the other side was blocked off, so needless to say we had to walk back up the steps. Did I mention it felt like a million steps??????
FYI about the steps seriously: If you are able to walk completely down all of the steps to the bottom of the gorge; you would have walked 1, 052 steps going down and 1,052 walking back up. Since the other side of the suspension bridge was closed off and we could not walk all the way down, I am guessing in total we did about 1,000 steps (although it could have been a few more, I am not sure how much further down the steps went across that bridge.)
The walk was spectacular though!!
Picture taken from middle of the suspension bridge
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Tallulah Falls, Gorge
Have you ever been to Tallulah Gorge State Park?
Walking the Steps Continued
As I was reading over this hub I noticed I forgot something very important about walking the steps. On the different levels of the stairway there are places to sit and relax for a few minutes. And if worst comes to worst you can just always sit on the steps.
I would not walk into this thinking it will be a cake walk if you are not use to walking up a 1,000 steps. To some it may be a cake walk especially if you are in good shape. But for seniors and elderly people just take it slow and walk at your own pace. Remember to bring water and sit and relax for as long as you need too.
The adventure is great, but it is not a race either. Just take it at your own pace and remember to take in all of the beauty because you will be surrounded by it.
Some of my other links
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- Unexplained Occurrences in Georgia
How do you explain when odd things happen in your home. You are alone and hear things that do not make sense, you see things that cannot be explained. Is it your imagination? OR could it be ghosts?
- Georgia Covered Bridges
As in all states there are a lot of Historical Land-markers. In Georgia there are a lot of covered bridges, often hidden but can be found with a little research. This page is about some of the covered bridges we have found here in Georgia and hopeful