Elevation: 1,432 ft
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Access Issue: COVID19:Climbing permits are currently not being issued due to COVID-19 restrictions. Also, Climbing Permit Needed-Seasonal Raptor Closure Details

Description

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.

Because this is a state park, activities other than climbing sometimes take precedence. There are periodic weekend water releases from the dam to facilitate white-water kayaking competitions, at which time Tallulah Gorge is closed to climbing. Unfortunately, these closures are in late fall and early spring, which is prime time for climbing here (like other south-facing crags, Tallulah is not a great summer destination). So wait until kayaking season is over or take a day off during the week. The park will issue a maximum of 20 climbing permits per day, but it is almost unheard of for this limit to be met; Tallulah Gorge is never crowded.

Camping is available on the grounds of the park.

Getting There

From Atlanta, head north on I-85, then exit to I-985 north. Follow 985 to where it ends, then continue north on US 441 to Tallulah Falls. Cross a bridge that is the dam to the Tallulah River, then watch for the Tallulah Gorge State Park Interpretive Center and turn right into the center. Pay the parking fee, then go to the main building and fill out a climber's permit.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tallulah Gorge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 44
Digital Delight
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 43
Mescaline Daydream
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 28
Primitive Paradox
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
Into the Country (aka Out in the…
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 24
Punk Wave
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 24
Flying Frog
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Wings of Wallenda
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 3
Highly Wired
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
The Diagonal
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Flying Squirrel
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Rapture of the Steep
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
BT Express
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
I Yam What I Yam
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Digital Delight Main Wall
 44
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Mescaline Daydream Main Wall
 43
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Primitive Paradox Main Wall
 28
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Into the Country (aka Out i… Main Wall
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Punk Wave Main Wall
 24
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Flying Frog Main Wall
 24
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Wings of Wallenda Main Wall
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Highly Wired Main Wall
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 2 pitches
The Diagonal Main Wall
 9
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Flying Squirrel Main Wall
 3
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Rapture of the Steep Main Wall
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
BT Express Main Wall
 7
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
I Yam What I Yam Main Wall
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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