Late autumn color in Tallulah Gorge

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About 10 miles from Clayton, Georgia, heading toward I-85, is a nondescript part of the “Georgia Road” with signs pointing toward Tallulah Falls State Park. When one enters the park, pays the $5 parking fee and begins a hike on the North Rim trail, views remain underwhelming.

After .2 of a mile, the tame turns into the terrific. At what is known as the Oceana Falls Overlook, one can peer into the spectacular Tallulah Gorge, which is two miles long and 1,000 feet deep.

On eight weekends each year, the spillways of a dam operated by Georgia Power, which once were utilized to electrify Atlanta’s streetcars, now provide 750 cubic feet per second of whitewater to propel kayakers into the fabled Tallulah River for a ride of a lifetime.

The photo depicts the length and breadth of the gorge, and for perspective, if you look closely, you’ll see the tiny boats and boaters chasing a thrill. The Tallulah Gorge is undoubtedly one of the “Seven Wonders of Georgia.”

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