When it comes to the pristine natural beauty of Northeastern Georgia, it wouldn’t take much to convince us to find a piece of land next to a babbling brook along the side of a mountain and build a nice little cabin. Yesterday was forecasted to be rainy but, the rain broke before noon and gave us a nice bright sunny afternoon. After Monday’s walk it was a little tough to think about hiking again; just a little though.
So I let myself out and off I went while Judy stayed at home to work on a couple of her craft projects that she wants to finish. My walk took me along the Tallulah State Park Beach on Tallulah Lake (half mile), the Terrora Trail (half mile), and the Shortline Trail (three miles).
Tallulah Gorge State Park has a “day use area” along the shores of Tallulah Lake that includes picnic tables and a swimming beach. Like the rest of the park, it is a nice clean pretty place to spend time.
There are several short hiking trails along the lakeside and the Tallulah River. The Terrora Trail is a half mile rustic trail that follows along side the lake.
The Tallulah Railroad was 54 miles long running from Cornelia, Georgia (just north of Gainsville) to Franklin, North Carolina that began operation in 1882. It’s main purpose was to give tourists an easy access to the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina. There are very few remnants left from that era gone by with a couple of them being a “Rock Cut” on the Shortline Trail and some trestles that remain standing in Tallulah Lake.
The Shortline Trail is built on the Tallulah Falls Railroad bed and follows along the side of the Tallulah River with views along the way that are very picturesque. There is second Suspension Bridge on the Shortline Trail that crosses the Tallulah River at the north end of the trail.
The State of Georgia has done an excellent job in conserving thousands and thousands of acres of land for public use and recreation. As you can see, this northeastern quadrant is just magnificent. On top of the many state parks located throughout northeastern Georgia, there is the Chattahoochee National Forest which comprises over 750,500 acres providing plenty of biking, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, and many other recreational opportunities.
Today is going to be one of the top ten days this week, so we’re off on another outing so be sure to tune in tomorrow to see where we went, what we did, and what we saw.