I had a big day planned for this late January 2016 weekend. The Waterfalls of Brasstown Falls were to be my primary destination. Any other waterfall destination I could find myself at would just be a bonus. Brasstown Falls is over 4 hours away for me. I picked a small town in northern Georgia, Clayton to drive down the day before on Saturday to spend the night. I wasn’t the only one with a long drive, as most of the friends I was meeting the next day had at least 2 hours to drive. One particular friend, Daniel Jack Hutchison, had a similar drive as I did, except coming in from Tennessee as opposed to west/central North Carolina. We made some “rough” plans to see where we were about 1 pm and go from there. Luckily, we were both set up early in the afternoon and had plenty of time to spare. He knew of a few waterfalls closeby to Clayton, Ga so off we went. Read more
After a wonderful weekend viewing the colors in SW North Carolina, I had a Monday free. I decided to revisit the Tallulah Gorge in northern Georgia. My first visit here was in 2012, on a hot summer day. I had no idea what a gorge pass was then, and by the time I got there, all 100 had been distributed out. A gorge pass, allows you to enter the gorge floor, explore areas further that those on the main trails can not. Heading out early on a week day in October, I was sure to get one on this day……
This is the last of the 3 waterfalls I visited at Tallulah Gorge. This one is called L’eau d’Or Falls. It is roughly 46 feet high. It will look familiar to some as the waterfall from one of the dramatic scenes in the movie “Deliverance”. I haven’t watched it in awhile, but I believe Burt Reynolds’ arm was broken by this point and Ned Beaty stayed with him while Jon Voight was forced to climb out of this 600 ft gorge for help. It is one heck of a climb even using the well built stairs, 531 from top to bottom. I am ready to watch the film again and look for other familiar scenes from the gorge now!
Tallulah Gorge, a set on Flickr.
First time into the Gorge, I took the recommended 1.5-2 mile introductory hike that led me to several views along the North Rim at the Gorge and several of the waterfalls from way above. I then descended down the 531 steps to viewing platform across the large pool at the base of Hurricane Falls. If you get there early enough, this day I did not, you can obtain one of 100 Gorge Passes and walk further into the Gorge.
This Gorge is located just past the dam of Tallulah Falls Lake and is some of the headwaters of the great Savannah River.
Another beautiful waterfall in the Tallulah Gorge. Unfortunately, without the Gorge Pass, it can only be viewed from above. This shot from above does though provide a nice shot down at the beautiful Tallulah River Gorge.
This one is called Bridal Veil Falls, seriously!! Another Bridal Veil Falls. That is now 3 waterfalls in my list that share this name, obviously a very popular name for a waterfall!