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Tallulah Gorge: Spectacular White Water Release w/ Fall Foliage

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Tallulah Falls, Georgia   Hike: Tallulah Gorge: Spectacular White Water Release w/ Fall Foliage  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 8 2014  8:30 am >> Sat, Nov 8 2014 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Nov 6 2014 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 7 2014 8:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Laura V
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Kayakers come from all over the southeast to paddle the waterfalls of Tallulah Gorge during the annual whitewater release. On a typical day, the water flow through the gorge is 35-40 CFS (cubic feet per second).  During whitewater releases, the flow is 500 - 700 CFS.  At more than 10 times the normal flow, the whitewater release allows the falls to return to a more natural level, if only for a few days. 

The waterfalls of Tallulah Gorge are always an amazing sight, but watching kayakers navigate the falls during a whitewater release is sure to be a treat!  

We will hike the North Rim Trail and Inspiration Trail to view the falls from the top of the gorge. Then we will descend the long metal staircase down to the suspension bridge to see the falls and kayakers from another perspective.  After taking pictures, we will climb the 600 steps back out of the gorge to the Visitors Center. 

Once we catch our breaths, we will eat our lunch and then walk the 4 mile High Bluff trail to take in the beautiful fall colors.  The High Bluff trail is fairly level with some easy hills. This hike is rated a D3 due to the stairclimb and the quick hiking pace on the High Bluff trail. 

The weather forecast for Tallulah Falls on Saturday is sunny skies with a high of 54 degrees! 

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking shoes
Water (1.5 liters minimum, 2 liters recommended)
Clothes appropriate for weather conditions. (cooler in AM, high of 54 deg) 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):156Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $62.40 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


There is a $5 State Park parking fee per vehicle at Tallulah Falls SP unless you have an annual pass, and a $3 fee at Panther Creek recreation area. This cost should be split by all members in the carpool.

The trip leader is planning to head back to Atlanta without stopping.  

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