Where to Run: Tallulah Gorge


By: Brian Elder

One of the seven wonders of Georgia is located in the Northeast corner of the state and is home to some of the greatest places to run. The foothills of the Appalachian Mountains found in the northeast corner of the state create not only difficult and challenging terrain to run on but beautiful scenery as well. If you take a trip up to the mountains and need a few places to run we have given you some of the best options below so that you can not only enjoy your run, but see one of the wonders the state of Georgia has to offer. 


  • The gorge is approximately 2 miles long
  • The gorge is made up of 6 different falls
  • Tallulah Falls lake located just above the gorge was created by Georgia Power in 1913 when they created a dam
  • Popular location for rafting and kayaking 
  • 2 men, Professor Bachman (1883) and Karl Wallenda (1970), have tightroped across the gorge

Where to Run:

Shortline Trail- located away from the gorge and along the river, this trail follows an old railroad track. A few locations you can see water falling over the sides of tall rocks faces and there are some cool bridges as well. Paved and flat. 

Lake Rabun: The roads around the lake that are just past the gorge are scenic. You can see beautiful homes along the curvy roads and great glimpses of the lake and trees.

High Bluff or Stoneplace Trail: These trails are wider and although steep offer you the chance to run on some well packed dirt. Watch our for bikers and hikers along these trails. 

Places to Eat: 

While there are not as many locations to eat as you would find in some of our past "Where to Run" locations like Brooklyn or Manhattan, there are a few local restaurants that are hidden gems in the mountains.

  • Louie's on the Lake: Located 5 to 10 minutes from the gorge on Lake Rabun, this tight space has been a favorite weekend spot for those who live and visit the lake.
  • Mama G's: located about 10-15 minutes up the road in Clayton, Georgia Mama G's italian restaurant features many great pasta dishes to carb load on.
  • Main Street Grill and Barbecue:Good place for a quick lunch close to the gorge. You will see many hikers and kayakers stopping by here after a long day outdoors.
  • Dillard House: If time is not an issue and you are looking for an incredible home cooked meal, visit the Dillard House above Clayton for a buffet experience you won't soon forget. 

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Brian Elder is a learner, amateur explorer, and runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere. He is a graduate from the University of Georgia where he studied English and Religion. After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels with an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive.  Follow Brian on Instagram.