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……
Karl Wallenda Tower, a set on Flickr.
While hiking to the top of the Tallulah Gorge on the North Rim, you will walk past an old, rusty tower. My first thoughts were, “How Trashy”. When you get a little closer and read the sign, these are the remains of the towers that held the wire for Karl Wallenda to walk across the Gorge back in 1970. After just watching his grandson George Wallenda do his spectacular walk across Niagra Falls last week, this was a pretty cool piece of history to stumble up on. The other tower can be found along the South Rim Trail, probably rusting away as well. The waterfall in the pictures is Oceana Falls. I included them because this was the location and to give an idea of how far up Karl was when he did this. The sign said that during the walk, he did 2 headstands…..Crazy!!,
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.