I am not sure why I have not been here before this last weekend other than it is not something one would just go for the day unless you wanted to get a permit to hike to the bottom. It is 1000 feet deep and I just said “No!”
The falls and gorge are part of the Tallulah Gorge State Park in north east Georgia. The town of Tallulah Falls is a quaint little area with the obligatory gift shops where I bought myself a walking stick that even has a fancy leather strap with beads.
The State Park has a very nice visitors center with exhibits. The line to get permits to go into the gorge was empty although I was not doing that anyway. That paths are actually made from recycled tires and was a great idea. They provided great traction.
We went to the one overlook where you could see the falls and just was not able to get a good picture. There were 300 and some steps from that overlook to another one. The picture I have of the steps only shoe about 20 or 25 steps. I did the math and again said “No!” Going down was not the problem, coming back was.
It is a very beautiful place and the gorge is quite impressive although unless you are very adventurous and willing to trek to the bottom, it is not worth going out of your way for. If your in the area, definitely worth the stop.
Toccoa Falls is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College in Stephens County, Georgia. It has a vertical drop of 186 feet. We were there very early and it was a very peaceful place.
I was not aware of the tragedy that occurred here in 1977 before I visited the falls. I think that the visit would have been a bit different had I known. It boggles the mind that something that provides such peace and tranquility was the source of such terror, death and destruction.
On November 6, 1977, in the early morning, the dam above the falls failed. 176 million gallons of water surged through the campus below in the space of a few minutes. Most of the college personnel who lived in the path of the flood were asleep at the time, and 39 of them were swept to their deaths in the raging waters of Toccoa Creek. The dam was not rebuilt.
I started taking picture of waterfalls in black and white years ago. We took the kids to the North Georgia Mountains in October and I wanted to see if I could get similar results with the new camera. This was actually shot from the shoulder of a busy mountain road. The lighting was just right to get a longer shutter speed. I need to order a neutral density filter for the camera so I can do this on bright days… This turned out nice. I did change the foliage colors slightly and added some saturation.