Land Manager: GA State Parks

Native Lands: ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) (from

Area Rep: Wes Whitaker,



Tallulah Gorge is a deep quartzite fissure located in northeast Georgia with many traditional climbs. The area offers fine quality stone and a unique setting and exposure. Best times to climb are late fall to spring. Tallulah is often closed for Peregrine Falcon nestings and white water releases. Be sure to contact the park in advance of making the trip to ensure climbing is open.


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What to Expect

When you’re ready for superb trad climbing in Georgia, you may be ready for Tallulah Gorge. Don’t let the touristy Interpretive Center fool you — when you leave the parking lot and hit the trail into the gorge, you’re in wild country and serious climbing territory. This is not a place for beginners or toproping; apart from a handful of moderate lines, the routes at Tallulah are hard multi-pitch trad or mixed aid/trad. The rock is high-quality quartzite, the scenery is beautiful and the exposure will raise your pulse rate.

Access notes

  • Call the park (706) 754-7981 the day before your visit to ask if they will be issuing permits or visit their Facebook page for up to date permit info. 
  • Fill out the Tallulah 365 Survey after every attempt to get a permit to help us keep track of the climber experience whether you get a permit or not.
  • Abide by water release closures (posted)
  • Be courteous and respectful to all Park personnel
  • Leave No Trace: Keep this area beautiful and clean. Clean up after yourselves, your peers, and your pets. Lead by example and pick it up on the first pass


Campsites may be reserved within Tallulah Gorge State Park here.


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