Tallulah Gorge – October

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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……

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Deliverance

Oceana Falls by waterfallshiker
Oceana Falls, a photo by waterfallshiker on Flickr.

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

Tallulah Black SnakeBridal Veil Falls - GAA view of Suspension Bridge from top of GorgeBridal Veil Falls - GaNice shot of a big house on top of GorgeBridal Veil Falls - Ga
Oceana FallsTallulah Gorge Suspension BridgeTallulah Gorge Black SnakeTallulah Falls Black SnakeHalf Way down the GorgeTallulah River
Hurricane FallsHurricane FallsHurricane Falls

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.

Bridal Veil Falls – Ga

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!