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Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park

Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is a growing group of dedicated people who show their support in a number of ways. Some volunteer time, some contribute financially, and some seek legislative support for the parks. What ever your involvement, you are giving back to Georgia in a meaningful way. Currently there are more than 50 chapters across the state.

                      

Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park (TGSP), a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, is one of the most active State Friends chapters. Friends of TGSP work in tandem with TGSP staff to maximize the park's potential and provide a safe working and visitors environment.


Examples of Activities Funded by Friends of TGSP:

  • Inspiration Point Overlook - opened July 2010.
  • Equipment such as hand radios, printer, TV, laptop, paddles, life jackets, etc.
  • Programs such as "Wails to Trails", "Christmas in the Gorge", and Jr. Rangers.
  • Projects such as the bird area, native gardens, and trail maintenance. 
  • Volunteers for the gift shop, front desk, white water releases, school groups, hikes, etc.
  • Updated audio system in Interpretive Center theater.
  • Updated the fire sprinkler system in the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center.
  • Purchased a laser counter to record visitors to the Shortline Trail.
  • Replaced the rubberized surface path which leads from the Interpretive Center to the North Rim Trail.
  • Repaired the walkway and floor of the open shelter at Overlook 6.
  • Created a new overlook on the north rim trail, Overlook 1A - opened summer, 2014.
  • Replaced and refreshed the exhibits along the walkway in the Interpretive Center.
  • Replaced the hand dryers in the restrooms.
  • Repaved and striped the parking lot in front of the Interpretive Center.
  • Installed matting on the bridges along the Shortline Trail.
  • Provided partial funds to replace the projector system in the Theater.
        


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Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge is one of the oldest geological features in North America. Over thousands of years, the Tallulah River has eroded hard, quartzite rock into a 1,000 foot deep chasm more than two miles long. The river drops almost 600 feet in elevation before it joins the Chattooga River, forming the Tugalo River. Five major waterfalls are located in the bottom of the Gorge: L'Eau d'Or, pronounced LaDore (46 feet), Tempesta (76 feet), Hurricane (96 feet), Oceana (50 feet), and Bridal Veil (17 feet).

Tallulah Gorge was designated a State Park in 1992 and is jointly operated by Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Power Company through a unique public-private partnership. Tallulah Gorge is listed as one of the seven wonders of Georgia and located in the historic town of Tallulah Falls, GA. Tallulah Gorge State Park recorded over 300,000 visitors in fiscal year 2010 (July 2009 thru June 2010).

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