Tallulah, Georgia, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Max Gradient||231 fpm|
|TALLULAH RIVER AB POWERHOUSE, NR TALLULAH FALLS,GA|
|usgs-02181580||450 - 1200 cfs||IV-V||00h50m||37 cfs (too low)|
Flows are typically 500 cfs on Saturday and 700 cfs on Sunday of release weekends.
The gage is included for those who want to check back after a run, especially for those days when a 700-cfs release was planned, but Georgia Power actually released 1000 cfs.
This is a CL IV-V run and deserves the respect and paddler responsibility associated with this rating. Follow the AW safety code and enjoy paddlin' this Southern Jewel.
Releases on the first two weekends in April and first three weekends in November.
The gorge is reputed to have a gradient better than 200 ft/mi.
Inflatable Policy for the Tallulah Gorge - Updated 2014
Tallulah Gorge State Park needs some help to manage the releases on the Tallulah. Volunteering only takes a few hours, you can easily boat and volunteer in the same day. If you are interested in volunteering contact Laura Dillon.
From StreamTeam Volunteer Don Kinser:
Here is the consensus list of rapid names from those discussions:
1. Last Step
2. Tanner's Launch
5. Bridal Veil
6. Zoom Flume
7. Lynch's Wrench aka Ticket Puncher
9. Around the Corner
12. Tom's Brain Buster
13. Road to Aintry
14. Twisted Sister
15. Paddlesnake Ledge
17. Maxwell's Last Drop
18. Damned lake
This is a river which requires Class-V skills. Most rapids can be read-and-run by V paddlers, though Oceana and some other rapids are usually scouted.
Directions: From Atlanta: take I-985 north and head for 365 north and Highway 23 and
Highway 441. Tallulah Falls is located 12 miles north of Clarkesville on Highway 23-441. Just
before the bridge crossing the river, take a left into the grassy field.
From the north: from Chattanooga, TN: Take I-775 north to Rte. 40 east, to US 64 east. In Franklin, head south on US Rte. 23/441 through Clayton. Tallulah Falls is 12 miles south of Clayton. Just after the bridge crosses the river, hang a right into the grassy field.
From Hendersonville, NC: Head west on US-64. Hang a left onto US-23/441, and proceed as above.
Camping: There is a campground at Tallulah Falls State Park, and Georgia Power maintains a primitive campground near the takeout at Tugalo Park.
Taking out at Tugalo Park: American Whitewater has been asked by GA State Parks and GA Power to inform the boating community that Tugalo Park take out access closes at 5:00PM. Please plan to leave the take out area by 5:00PM on all Tallulah release days. GA Power and GA Parks are also concerned about partying at the take out post paddle. Apre' paddle activities are best taken to your campsite. The paddling community has a positive relationship with GA Power and the Park, thank you for your cooperation in maintaining the partnership.
Fun facts: It's a long walk to the putin, down something like 600 steps!
After the whitewater theres about 1.5 miles of flatwater across Tugaloo Lake to the takeout at Tugalo dam. From the parking lot to the lake is about 650 vertical feet. Parking lot is 1550ish and the lake is 900. Subtract 300 or so feet in steps, and that puts the gradient at close to 300 feet a mile. If anyone can give us an exact put-in altitude, please add it in the comments section.
Thanks to the AWA boaters have had releases in Tallulah Gorge since November 1997.
John Bell's account of the first decent of Tallulah Gorge, May 1993.
Tallulah has been permit free since the November 2001 Releases.
You can read a brief history of the area by clicking here.
Photo of paddler Ardie Olsen at Oceana, taken by Ken Strickland from the observation deck, 1998.
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Last updated April 2014
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Last step aka The Entrance Rapid||IV+|
|0.0||Tanners Launch aka The Boof||IV|
|0.0||Playspot below Oceana||III|
|0.1||Gauntlet aka The approach to Bridal Veil||IV+|
|0.1||Second part of the Gauntlet||IV+|
|0.5||Zoom Floom aka The Groove aka The Channel||III+|
|0.6||Around the Corner||III+|
|0.7||Tom's Brain Buster||IV+|
|0.7||The Road to Aintry aka The Big Slide||IV|
|1.0||Maxwell's Last Drop||III+|
A good sized slide with an evil hole. Bridal Veil is usually scouted (and portaged) from the left bank. From the river left set-up eddy there is a small but sticky river wide hole to punch. While the top hole looks harmless, people have swum out of it and ended up swimming the entire drop. The standard line down Bridal Veil is to punch the top hole about 5 feet off the left bank, then hug the left bank and punch the left corner of the hole at the bottom. While the middle line has been run, it is generally avoided because it feeds you into the meat of the hole.
In case of emergency there is a trail out of the gorge at Bridal Veil on river right.
The standard line is to run down the far right hand side, punch the holes, stay upright, and go for the eddy at the bottom. I've also seen experts catch 5 eddies in this rapid. Lots of people have gotten hammered at Toms. Tom Jackson for one.
Gauley River (WV) Releases
4:00 pm -7:00 pm est
Summer Evening Releases250 cfs
|Gauley River (WV) Releases||
runs 11/01/03 - 11/16/14, next 08/16/14
Spring Tallulah (GA) Reminders for 2010
March 10, 2010
Tallulah Fall Releases Cancelled Due to Drought
October 22, 2008
New AW and LVM Video Podcast Up: The Tallulah (GA)
April 15, 2009
Fall Tallulah Season Reminders for 2009
October 16, 2009
Tallulah (GA) Update for Spring 2011
February 20, 2011
Tallulah Releases (GA) For May 2011 Are Cancelled
April 8, 2011
Tallulah (GA) Update On Status Of Dam Repair Work
June 9, 2011
Tallulah (GA) Releases Are Scheduled For Fall 2011
October 13, 2011
Spring 2012 Tallulah Releases
March 9, 2012
Spring Tallulah Releases are Coming Up!
March 13, 2013
Fall 2013 Tallulah (GA) Release Reminders
October 10, 2013