Tallulah Gorge is located in the mountains of northeast Georgia. Before the arrival of European settlers in 1820 the land around the gorge was inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. In the late1800’s a resort was built and many tourists visited the area. Some visitors began to call Tallulah “the Niagara Falls of the south”.
In the early 1900’s Georgia power built a dam on the river and formed a lake that is used to provide electricity for Atlanta and the rest of north Georgia. Tallulah Falls is actually a series of waterfalls and rapids located on the Tallulah River. The four main falls are: L’Eau d’Or (46 ft); Tempesta (81 ft); Hurricane (96 ft.); Oceana (41 ft.). As the river cut through the gorge, sleep cliffs and rock outcroppings formed excellent observation points.
Plants and Animals
Tallulah Gorge is home to bears, deer, rainbow trout, and many other animals. In the gorge you can find a number of beautiful and rare flowering trees called the mountain camellia which blooms in June and July. An amethyst mine which produces some of the finest gem amethysts in the United States is located in a flat area near Charlie’s Creek which flows through the gorge. Probably the thing that Tallulah is most famous for is that it was the site of one of the great Wallenda’s tight rope walks across the gorge.