Tallulah Gorge State Park is designated one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia and is a great place for camping near Atlanta. Tallulah Gorge is a 2-mile-long, 1000-foot-deep canyon of metamorphic rock, where the Tallulah River tumbles over six dramatic waterfalls. This unique ecosystem is also the home to several endangered plant species, including the persistent trillium. These natural features have drawn visitors to the gorge since the early 1800s, and with the construction of the Tallulah Falls Railway in 1882, it became Georgia’s first official tourist attraction. Now the gorge is a hotspot for outdoor activity, ranging from hiking, fishing and swimming, to more adventurous pursuits, such as rock climbing and whitewater paddling.
The best way to explore Tallulah Gorge is to camp at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Located 100 miles northeast of Atlanta, this 2700-acre park provides 50 tent and RV sites (two are ADA-accessible) on the rim of the raging river gorge. The park also has one group site, and three hike-in backcountry sites. Campsites in the park are fairly compact and close together, so don’t expect a lot of seclusion. Campground amenities include flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities and a dump station. There are also two playgrounds for the kids, picnic areas, an interpretive center, and access to a sandy beach on Tallulah Falls Lake.
The main draw to Tallulah Gorge is hiking down to Sliding Rock at the bottom of the gorge. The park only issues 100 permits per day for this hike in order to minimize impact and maintain the canyon’s natural character. These permits are given on a first-come, first-serve basis, and cannot be reserved in advance—so get yours early! Without a permit, there are many more trails to hike along the rim of the gorge, with each offering stunning viewpoints. Don’t miss the suspension bridge on the Hurricane Falls Trail, which provides a spectacular river view from 80 feet directly above the churning waterfall.
FUN FACT: Tallulah Gorge was used as a filming location for Marvel’s Infinity War. Eagle-eyed fans may recognize Hurricane Falls in the final battle in Wakanda.
I couldn’t do all of the steps, but sure was a great view. There’s 3 sets of steps. 210, 310, and 350 steps. Not for the out of shape people, for sure but many great views to see from the top.
It was beautiful and the campsites while close together, were still rugged feeling. The waterfalls were beautiful, the stairs down was worth the view, tough getting back up though lol
Great camp ground. The park was clean, well maintained, had more than enough facilities and you can also buy ice and fire wood on site.
The only issues we had was the noise from the highway (quite close), and it’s a compact campground so your neighbours are a little close. Perfect for hiking the gorge however.
Would stay here again.
Very nice campground and well maintained. Short walk to the hiking trails which connect directly into the campground. Sites are very close together but still offer trees and shade. Bathhouse is in very good condition. Each site has a large concrete picnic table, fire ring and charcoal grill with grate.
This is a place you most definitely have to make a stop for. The views from the top trails are amazing! We didn’t get to go to the suspension bridge or gorge floor as we had our dogs and the floor was closed but still worth seeing. We hiked most of the upper trails and they were all well kept, easy, and had breath taking views. Don’t see a lot of places like this in the south region. Definitely a gem.
It was a really sweet, quiet, clean campground. I was so pleased with the site we were on, site 13, was centrally located, relatively easy to back our trailer into, and a perfect partial shade site. The camp host met us as we drove in even though we were slightly after office closing hours. The restrooms were clean, the showers were clean, and all the people we came across were so friendly. The proximity to hiking was about as close as you could get, and though we didn't make it to the beach, it was walkable distance as well. We will definitely be back somewhere down the road!
I haven't actually gotten to camp here because it's always booked but I have driven through the campground and I visit here often. You are in between Clayton and Clarkesville where there are good local places to eat. The campground is up the road a bit so you don't really hear the highway noise. The Campground is secluded and quiet. So many stairs down to the gorge but worth it! The waterfalls are beautiful and the park staff are all very nice. I have been here for every season and it's beautiful in the summer, fall, spring, and winter. There's an easy paved trail with water access just across the way that is good for dipping your feet in the water and maybe throwing a fishing line. I love coming here!
We stayed in site #4 with water & electric. The spot was tight & the people's picnic table next to us was up high & looked right into our windows in our camper. The best site was #12 we should have moved into it the day after we got there is was open. The campground closes & locks the gate at 10 so be out if your not staying the night. My cousin was visiting & she left at 10:10 they camp host walked up the gate was locked he had a head lamp on & totally blinded us very intimidating.
We hiked at the gorge but didn't walk all the way down into the canyon it's a long way back up 300 stairs each way. There is a beautiful hike across the highway the Shortline trail it was beautiful. The old railroad ran through there it's worth the walk, flat trail with a stream running along it. I think it was about a 3 mile hike.
Drove to Black Rock Mountain checked out that state Park & the Campground. Glad we didn't pull our travel trailer up to there is was a tight winding narrow road. Did some antiquing & ate at the Dillard house. It's a family style meal & way to much food. The place is packed. Next to the Dillard house is a small distillery RM Rose my husband picked up a bottle of Burbon Whiskey single barrel.
We went to 12 spies Winery it had a great sunset view we got some wine & sat outside watching sunset.
This was our second visit, we always stop here when we are traveling between North Carolina and Alabama. This particular day it was super foggy and sprinkling (nothing to stop us though) and it turned out really great because we got to see a completely different scene from our last summer, sunny day visit. Short walk to the overlook, we took our 3 children; ages 7, 5 and 2. The view shows a beautiful cascading waterfall. To get to the bridge and bottom there are a good many steep steps, but worth it if you're able. There are about 50 campsites, some RV with hookups and some tent! Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. If you have kids the visitor center is really cool and they have a playground!
Didn’t make it to our destination so had to improvise. This place allowed me to make an online reservation and complete check in the next morning. For $30 (roughly) we had access to a bathroom and a great clean camp site.
Edit to add: if there is a chance you will stay at another state park within a year get the adventure pass for $105. It comes with 3 free nights. I spent $62 on another camp site the next day.