Edge of the gorge

Prior to 1882, it was really, really hard to get to Tallulah Falls. After that, you could take a train, and if you did, you’d see quite a show — a 1,000-foot deep gorge with a series of six waterfalls over a one-mile span, the roar of the falls so loud you could barely hear yourself talk, and a constant mist rising from the depths. Georgia Power ruined that in 1912 when it built a dam over the Tallulah River, flooding half the gorge with one of a series of lakes and reducing the great river to a trickle. The dam isn’t much good for electricity anymore, so Georgia Power occassionally releases water into the river and lets the falls roar again.

These photos were shot north of the dam along old US441 just before the lake begins and as the old highway becomes Terrora Circle, running along what was once the edge of the gorge and crossing beneath what’s left of a 558-foot steel railroad trestle over the lake.

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