Bridal Veil Falls

Location: Northeast Georgia
Trip Starts: Visitor’s Center
Trip Ends: Visitor’s Center
Total Distance: 3 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Very Difficult
Trails Used: Hurricane Falls, Staircase Trails
Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
Trip Type: Day Hike
More Information:

Tallulah Gorge State Park
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Park (706) 754-7970
Camping (706) 754-7979
Picnic Shelters (706) 782-4014


In the late 1800’s, Tallulah Gorge was North Georgia’s first tourist attraction and it drew thousands every week with the arrival of the Tallulah Gorge Railroad. The hard granite walls form steep cliffs that astounded early settlers. Tallulah Gorge is also one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., and it runs over two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a free permit to hike down to the gorge floor. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, and it provides spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. There are also exhibits in the park’s Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center which highlight the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. Additionally, an award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge.

Permits are required for all people accessing the gorge floor or for rock climbing/rappelling. The only approved trail for entering or leaving the gorge floor is the Hurricane Falls staircase. Trails entering or exiting the gorge, as well as those on the gorge floor, are very strenuous. This hike is no exception. It starts at the visitor’s center, descends along the Hurricane Falls Staircase, then follows the Tallulah River downstream to Bridal Veil Falls. The section from Hurricane Falls to Bridal Veil Falls is unmarked and “unofficial”. It is very difficult and should only be done with excellent footwear (no sandals or crocks) and by those that are in excellent physical condition. The reward, however, is a wild ride along a smooth rock face down Bridal Veil Falls that dumps into a pool at the base. In hot weather, it’s a great way to spend the afternoon. One suggestion – get there early. There are a limited number of permits and they go fast in the summer months.

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