Who’d have thought Hannah and I would find a home away from home in north Georgia! Two Yankees – a New York Girl and a Jersey Boy! First drawn to the Peach State to hike our 14th of 14 Appalachian Trail states, we stumbled on the good folks of the Yonah Mountain Pickleball Club, 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.
From our association with them we learned of stem cell treatments that have been a godsend for our once balky knees. Friendships grew with Clarissa, Pat, Laurie, and Linda and here we are returning to the Peach Tree State one more time this mid-October.
After overnights with our sister-in-law Becky and her guy Derek in North Carolina, we travel southwest towards Yonah Mountain by way of Tallulah Gorge State Park with its daunting 1000 steps into the gorge.
The descent brings to mind the the 729’ of elevation gain overly similar metal stairs at the nearby Amicalola Falls State Park, which just happens to be the starting point for the Appalachian Trail. Click here for that blog.
For a simple $5 American we enter the Tallulah Falls and soon have the park ranger explain the trails into the gorge as well as on the North and South Rims.
The trail actually begins here in the Interpretative Center building as we head down towards the 80’ suspension bridge spanning the gorge. Immediately, our feet are caressed by the rubberized trail made from old tires. Bouncing for joy just comes naturally.
After viewing the falls themselves from the North Rim, we turn towards the first 260 steps that will take us down to the suspension bridge. With fall colors still four weeks away on this mid-October Tuesday, we hike among retired couples of all shapes and sizes and moms and dads with their preschoolers.
Descending the stairs to the suspension bridge across the gorge is like skipping in the park, an easy peezy descent with a miniscule cardio-vascular workout. The afternoon rain has yet to arrive, so the footing is reliable and solid on the metal see-through steps. With ten overlooks into the Tallulah Falls Gorge, we feast on north Georgia at its finest.
Crossing the swaying suspension bridge, we take the lower trail of the South Rim further into the gorge. The walk in the park ends at the turnaround and we have 261 steps and more to head back up to the South Rim.
Our assault is relentless but manageable. Sure, Dan, the Older, is breathing heavily; fact is, he is in his eighth decade. Returning to the Interpretative Center by way of the North Rim, we take to the trail which eventually leads to our final 220 steps to Inspiration Point. And that completes three miles of hiking and high stepping in under two hours.
I return to Outlook #2 to record this video of Tallulah Falls for your enjoyment.
Additional images from Tallulah Falls