In Georgia, there are many trails that will lead you to waterfalls, or pools of water, but you are not allowed to actually get in the water. At the popular Tallulah Gorge, you will be able to swim and cross an 80-foot bridge to Georgia's bluest swimming hole and sliding rock.
Tallulah Gorge State Park is the park with the huge suspension bridge that everyone raves about. Aside from that, you will want to hike the Sliding Rock Trail to get the whole experience.
This trail leads you down to the deepest parts of the gorge floor. The hike is a little rough, but you will be rewarded with some fun water features in the end.
To be able to hike this trail and swim, you will have to obtain a pass to walk on the gorge floor. It is free to get one, and you can grab it at the interpretive center at the park.
They only give out 100 of these permits each day, so make sure to get there early, a little before 8 a.m., to be sure you will get one.
It is nice to know that there will only be 99 other people, if that, enjoying the same hike as you, and the same swimming hole.
If anyone could hike Sliding Rock Trail, you know there would be hundreds of people there on a hot summer day.
The trail is pretty strenuous, but it is only 3.2-miles round trip so it could be worse! Plus, you will be able to go over the famous suspension bridge on your way to the floor.
After this, with your permit, you will be on your way to Bridal Veil Falls where the sliding rock and swimming hole is. You will reach the floor at 2 miles into your trip and you will be able to spend as much time as you want there.
Bridal Veil Falls falls down the huge sliding rock, into a turquoise blue pool which makes for hours of fun. This is the only place in the entire gorge that you can get in the water, and it is safe to swim in.
Tallulah Gorge told Narcity that the water is around 50 to 60 degrees, so it is a little chilly.
After you cool off and have some fun, you have to continue on your hike and complete the uphill hike back to the start of the trail.
You can experience this from 8 a.m. until dark.
Sliding Rock Trail
Address: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
Why you should go: This is a strenuous hike, but it will lead you to a huge swimming hole and sliding rock that you can swim in and enjoy on a hot summer day.
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