What we do

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.  Whatever 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 visitor environment.  

Examples of Activities Funded by Friends of TGSP:

  • Provided funding for Inspiration Point Overlook - opened July 2010.
  • Purchased equipment such as hand radios, printer, TV, laptop, paddles, life jackets, etc.
  • Conducted programs such as Wails to Trails, Christmas in the Gorge, Junior Rangers, and Jail Tales Trail.
  • Organized projects such as the bird area, native plant gardens, pollinator garden, and trail and overlook maintenance. 
  • Provided volunteers for the gift shop, front desk, white water releases, school groups, hikes, etc. 
  • Updated the 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.
  • Provided funding and staffing support for public events in the Park.
  • Purchased a weed eater for use by Park maintenance.
  • Purchased two slack lines for use in the Park.
  • Purchased a popcorn machine to be used for special events at the Park.
  • Replaced the hand dryers in the restrooms. 
  • Repaved and striped the parking lot in front of the Interpretive Center.
  • Purchased a golf cart to be used by the campground volunteers. 
  • Installed matting on the bridges along the Shortline Trail.
  • Provided partial funds to replace the projector system in the Theater.
  • Assisted in replacing the partitions in the men's and women's rest rooms in the Interpretive Center.
  • Provided snacks for Ranger Conference at TGSP.
  • Purchased tea sets for use at Tour and Tea at Tallulah special events.
  • Purchased back packs to be used by Park Rangers during hikes and rescues.
  • Purchased holiday light displays for the campground and park entrance.
  • Replaced 32 benches in the Park for the enjoyment of our visitors.

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).