The town of Tallulah Falls is located near Tallulah Gorge and it is only a few miles from North Georgia’s border with South Carolina. According to the U.S. Census in 2000, Tallulah Falls had 164 residents and its 8.6 square miles of land area is in parts of Habersham and Rabun counties. Tallulah Gorge and three lakes, Lake Tallulah, Lake Tugalo and Lake Yonah, are all in Tallulah Falls.
Visitors from outside North Georgia discovered the series of waterfalls at Tallulah Gorge in 1819 and the Tallulah Hotel was opened in 1840. After the Tallulah Falls Railway was constructed in 1882, people from Atlanta were able to reach Tallulah Gorge and it became North Georgia’s first tourist attraction. As hotels, restaurants and bars were opened to serve tourists, a town developed that was named Tallulah Falls on October 7, 1885.
Tallulah Falls prospered because of the large number of tourists from Atlanta who came to see Tallulah Gorge and by 1890, there were 17 hotels and boarding houses in Tallulah Falls. In December of 1921, a fire started that burned for several days and destroyed most of the stores and homes in Tallulah Falls. The only remaining structure from the 19th century in Tallulah Falls is the ruins of the original Glenbrook Hotel. In 1993, the 2,689 acre Tallulah Gorge State Park was created by the State of Georgia in partnership with the Georgia Power Company and the tourist industry in Tallulah Falls was revitalized.
Tallulah Gorge is more than 2 miles long and 1,000 ft. deep. At the lower end of Tallulah Gorge before the Tallulah River flows into the Tugaloo River, there are six waterfalls. The tallest is the 96 ft. Hurricane Falls and the second tallest is 76 ft. Tempesta Falls. Oceana Falls is 50 ft. high, L’Eau d’Or Falls is 46 ft. high, Bridal Veil Falls is 17 ft. high and Lovers Leap Falls is 16 ft. high. Tallulah Gorge State Park contains an 80 ft. high suspension bridge with spectacular views of Tallulah Gorge and the 63 acre Tallulah Lake with a white sand beach and a bathhouse for public use.
Real estate in Tallulah Falls
There are 71 households in Tallulah Falls, 48 of which are families. The average home sale price was $133,900 in 2007 but because the homes in Tallulah Gorge are occupied by long term residents, very few of them are ever put on the market for sale. Other towns near Tallulah Gorge are Lakemont, Turnerville and Clayton. Homes and properties in Lakemont, Turnerville and Clayton are located in beautiful rural areas where population densities can be as low as 650 people per square mile.
There are no hotels, food stores, restaurants or gas stations in the center of town at Tallulah Falls. The nearest hotels, stores and restaurants are located along Highway 441 and about 10 miles north of Tallulah Falls in Clayton. Rustic vacation cabins, mountain cottages and private homes in Tallulah Falls can be rented by the week or by the month through local real estate agents or directly from owners who advertise their properties in local newspapers and on the Internet.
Tallulah Gorge State Park has facilities for camping and picnicking but there are no food stores or restaurants in the park. The Terrora Campground contains 50 campsites, 5 of which are for tents only. The other campsites have hookups for RV’s, camper vans and trailers. Tallulah Gorge State Park also has a Pioneer Campground and a backcountry Adirondack Shelter.
Visitors to Tallulah Gorge can enjoy swimming at Tallulah Lake, tennis at the tennis courts, fishing, whitewater canoe paddling, bicycling along the 1.7-mile paved Rails to Trails pathway, or hiking and mountain biking on more than 20 miles of trails. While at Tallulah Gorge State Park, visitors can also enjoy the work of Georgia artists at the nearby Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts. The Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts displays and sells arts and crafts made by local artisans and craftspeople, and also offers art workshops for children and adults. Each day visitors can watch artists demonstrating their crafts at the Georgia Heritage Gallery in the Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts.
Heading north out of Clayton on Highway 441, visitors can find intriguing restaurants such as Savelli’s on the River, Granny’s Kuntry Kitchen, Henry’s, Tomlin’s Bar-B-Q Stand and the Dillard House. One of Georgia’s most scenic drives, Lookout Mountain Parkway & Scenic Highway, intersects Highway 23 about 10 miles north of Tallulah Falls. Drivers on Lookout Mountain Parkway & Scenic Highway will discover quaint towns and villages where they can shop or dine, and find state parks, national parks and nature preserves to explore.
Lookout Mountain Parkway & Scenic Highway passes over mountains and descends through verdant valleys with deep canyons and waterfalls. During August, shoppers come from all over Georgia to browse among more than 4,000 yard sale stalls and booths that have been set up along Lookout Mountain Parkway & Scenic Highway. This event is known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale.