Water of Gold

One of the many falls along the Tallulah River passing through the Gorge is this section called L’Eau d’Or – French for Water of Gold.  This is a view from Overlook #3 on the North Rim trail.

I assume that the name comes from the sun reflecting off the pool above the falls.  You can see a little bit of a golden ring in this image.  Not quite sure why it was named in French but, uncovering mysteries is one of the most interesting things about visiting beautiful places like this.  If anybody knows the history behind this name, let me know!

L’Eau d’Or Falls
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/11 – 1/40 sec – ISO 200

Across the Gorge

A view of the suspension bridge that crosses Tallulah Gorge from the North to the South rim.  This structure hangs 80 feet above the floor of the gorge and gives you a great view up and down the valley.  It is definitely one of those bridges that will sway when people cross it.  If you walk alone over the span it’s easy to control the swinging but when others are passing by, it can quickly get into seasickness territory.

For our visit last weekend, this was the end-point of our descent.  After stopping here, we crossed to the South side and then walked back up the stairs.  The climb was not what I would call easy but it was certainly worth it!  I would love to go back and get a pass to go down to the floor but that’s something we would want to plan as a whole day trip.

I’m sure there are lots of great photo opportunities to view the gorge from the bottom up and to get in close to the falls.  Need to put this on my calendar for when the weather cools off a bit.

Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/11 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200

Tallulah Gorge

This is a view of the Tallulah Gorge downstream from the  Oceana Falls overlook.  That is Joyce at the overlook on the left by the observation binoculars.  This is the point where Karl Wallenda made a tightrope walk across from the South Rim in 1970.  The remnants of the tower used for this walk are still at the site.

After visiting this spot (Outlook #1) we made the hike down to the suspension bridge so that we could get our Canyon Climbers Club cards punched and earn the official t-shirt.  One more park to go (Cloudland Canyon) to get all the holes punched!  We actually have hiked all 4 of them but didn’t know about the card when we started.

In spite of the fact that it was about 10° cooler in the mountains than it was in Roswell, it was still pretty hot and the walk back up those steps was pretty strenuous!  Even so, this was a pleasant visit and we really enjoyed being up in the mountains.  Will have to plan a drive up to Cloudland Canyon soon so we can finish out our t-shirt applications.

Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400