Land Manager: GA State Parks

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

Area Rep: Wes Whitaker,



Please help us gather data on the distribution of climbing passes. After every visit to Tallulah, please fillout the Tallulah 365 Survey.

SCC, Access Fund, and American Alpine Club – ATL are working collaboratively to improve the climbing experience at Tallulah Gorge State Park and create policy, through partnership, that is in line with modern climbing management and easier for park staff to implement, as well as more positive to climbers. If you have any interest in joining a task force that regularly meets to improve the climbing experience at Tallulah Gorge State Park fill out THIS FORM.


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.


Water Releases

March 25, 26
April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21


The peregrine nesting period begins in February, and Tallulah Gorge State Park has told us this means that climbing permits could be suspended until March, but will keep us aware should they be able to open them back up sooner.  

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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