Tallulah Gorge Climbing
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For details visit: gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge
Climbers must stop at the park's visitor center to obtain a climbing permit.
Climbing access is not allowed during whitewater releases and aesthetic water releases.
For water release schedule and further information please check the park's website, gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge.
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.
*In October 2022, two climbers had a mishap and were temporarily stranded on a route until roughly 9:00 P.M.. They were charged with criminal trespassing despite having a permit.*
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