With the Southeast struggling with one of the worst draughts of recent years last fall the
annual relases for the Tallulah Gorge were cancelled. With some recent rain in the
Southeast AW has received the official nod that the there is enough water to run the releases
in April. The releases through this spectaculare gorge are the first two weekends in
April. Here are a few reminders for the Tallulah releases in case we have forgotten
anything in the past year.
- April 5, 6 and 12, 13
- Saturdays at 500 cfs and Sundays at 700 cfs
- Releases begin at 9:30 am and all boaters must start down the stairs by 3:00 pm to beat the
flow down to the lake.
- You will need to sign a waiver at the top of the stairs to be permitted to paddle the
- Please continue to park across the road from the put-in for a $4.00 fee per vehicle, and
remember that you must go under the bridge to cross the road.
Here are a few things to remember on your trip to the Tallulah:
NO MORE SHUTTLES: Starting a few seasons ago there are no longer shuttle
services at the Tallulah. The takeout has very limited parking. Please carpool, do not
overcrowd the takeout, and park in designated spaces only.
DON'T TRAMPLE THE TRILLIUM: Keep boats and bodies on the steps, bedrock, or water at
all times, especially at the bottom of the stairs, where some boaters jump the right rail or
throw their boats vertically over the back of the platform. Also, keep your impact on the
riverbank to a bare minimum in connection with scouting rapids.
NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED: Remember that alcohol is prohibited on all Georgia State Parks
NO MORE BOATER CAMPING: A few years ago the Park eliminated the boater camping
lot. If you are making a trip into the area, please visit one of the nearby campgrounds.
DOGS: All dogs must be kept on six-foot leashes. The
owners of unattended dogs, dogs not on leashes, or of animals locked in cars that the park
deems as hazardous will be ticketed.
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION: If you would like more information about Tallulah volunteering,
please e-mail Joan Hutton at email@example.com.
INFLATABLES: Tallulah Gorge State Park has strict rules on what types of
inflatbale crafts are allowed in the gorge. If you plan on bring your inflatable
whitewater craft check out the inflatable policy.
- Don't forget, there would be no releases in Tallulah Gorge if it were not for the
hard work of the American Whitewater staff and volunteers. Please support
NEW, for the non-paddler in your group
For the first time the public will be able to take a ranger-led hike down Sliding Rock Trail to
view paddlers braving Bridal Veil Falls. This is an extremely strenuous hike consisting of
descending and ascending a 750-foot boulder field to the Class V Tallulah River. Ages 10 and up
only please. Register in advance. There will be two hikes each day, one will be from 11AM-2PM
and the other from 12PM-3PM. $4 parking. (706)754-7981