Hurricane Falls

A Trip to Tallulah Gorge

I spent the day Saturday at the Tallulah Gorge state park. It was a long day and I was definitely challenged to negotiate the stairs and trails in the park. I got a few decent shots and had a nice time in spite of the 90 degree heat. I also drove by Lake Rabun but didn’t take any pictures because of bad weather moving in.

There are several dams that control the water flow of the stream that goes through the gorge. Here is a YouTube video that was probably shot after some heavy rains or when the gates on the dam had been opened. There wasn’t that much water in the stream on Saturday.

I started my hike out looking at L’Eau d’Or falls. It is 46 feet tall and ends in Hawthorne Pool.  Hawthorne Pool feeds Tempesta Falls, which drop 76 feet. Here are a few of the shoots I took from the trail.

Tempesta Falls - 1

Tempesta Falls – 1

Tempesta Falls - 2

Tempesta Falls – 2

The next set of shots are from a place on the trail called Inspiration Point where you get the grand view of the gorge in both directions. It is the highest part of the trail.

View Northwest – notice the suspension bridge about a third of the way down on the right side.

View Northwest From Inspiration Point

View Northwest From Inspiration Point

View Southeast

View Southeast From Inspiration Point

View Southeast From Inspiration Point

A Closer View To The Southeast

A Closer View To The Southeast

Observation Area Across The Gorge From Inspiration Point

Observation Area Across The Gorge From Inspiration Point

To get down to Hurricane Falls you have to negotiate a trail that has 300+ steps to a suspension bridge and then 300+ more steps down to a platform where you can see the falls. Here are a few shots zoomed in.

Suspension Bridge and Stairs

Suspension Bridge and Stairs

Looking Down On The Bridge

Looking Down On The Bridge

Just A Small Portion Of The Stairs To Hurricane Falls

Just A Small Portion Of The Stairs To Hurricane Falls

Hurricane Falls

Hurricane Falls

While I was looking down from Inspiration Point I noticed a couple of vultures flying around in the bottom of the canyon and managed to get a useable shot with my 70-300mm lens. They were sitting on the rocks near the creek and then would fly away and come back after a few minutes. This first shot gives you an idea how far away from me they were. At this point on the trail I still had another 200+ feet of elevation to climb to get to Inspiration Point where I shot the picture of the vultures. They were landing on the rocks in the lower right of the shot.

Looking Down From The Trail

Looking Down From The Trail

Vultures On The Rocks

Vultures On The Rocks

On the way back to the car I noticed some rhododendrons in bloom and snapped this shot.

Rhodendron Maximum

Rhodendron Maximum

When I got back to the main visitor building I sat down and cooled off and then headed towards Lake Rabun. The weather changed on my drive and became dark, rainy, and overcast so I called it a day and drove the two and a half hour trip back home.

Until next time —

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This entry was published on June 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm. It’s filed under Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photo Trips, Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

8 thoughts on “A Trip to Tallulah Gorge

  1. Wow, really nice. It seems well worth the effort.

  2. These are great photos and a very interesting and informative post. You have included several names of falls but I have no idea what state or country they are in.

    • Denise, The park is a Georgia State Park in Tallulah, Georgia. It is near the Georgia/South Carolina border in the northern part of Georgia. You can find quite a bit of info on it if you Google Tallulah Gorge. Thank you for your nice comment.

  3. outdoorcanvas on said:

    Very Nice. Last summer me & my wife got gorge floor passes and at the bottom of Hurricane Falls you can ford the river and hike down the gorge floor another 1.5 miles or so. There is another falls where the trail ends and then you ford the river again and climb up & out the opposite canyon wall to finish the loop. That was a really cool experience. Very nice pictures btw.

  4. absolutely gorgeous location, good shots. Looks like a place I would like to visti

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