We like camping. Although it is a completely different experience with kids, family camping is fun. We went two years ago when our kids were about two to a state park in Wisconsin. This Spring some dear friends invited us to go camping at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia. Camping? Georgia? Waterfalls? Friends? We're in.
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Tallulah Gorge State Park
Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and almost 1,000 feet deep. The park has hiking trails and many overlooks where you can spot several waterfalls. There is also a suspension bridge that swings over the river and overlooks the waterfalls. It is beautiful, green and mountanous.
We arrived around dinnertime and set up our tent right away. (You can read more specifics about our tent in our Best Camping Gear post) We had an easy dinner, roasted marshmallows and watched the kids race around pretending to be fairies.
Saturday morning we headed out for a hike. We hiked down 300 steps to the suspension bridge, across the bridge and then up 300 steps the the other rim. This was doable for our three year olds, but exhausting. There was definitely some whining in between rock climbing, map reading, and delight. The views made the effort completely worthwhile.
TIPS FOR THE HIKE
*If you are attempting this with younger kids I highly recommend a backpack carrier
*Pack a snack
*Go to the bathroom at the visitors center before you head out
*Wear weather appropriate clothes and good hiking shoes
Our twins loved the opportunity to read maps. Their interest in maps has dropped into the background lately, but when a natural opportunity appears they are delighted.
The views all along the rim and on the suspension bridge were stunning. The green stretches for miles and the water falls are overwhelming. The powerful sound of water rushing over a waterfall is one of my favorites.
After the hike, we drove a short ways to the lake where we found a beautiful picnic spot. Despite the weekend traffic of hikers, this was a lovely peaceful spot. We were a little bummed that the beach was closed until Memorial Day, especially since we were sweating from the 85 degree heat, but we cooled off in the shade.
For hiking, I highly recommend Tallulah Gorge State Park. The views really can't be beat and the trails offer a fun challenge. I didn't love the camping sites, but they too were decent. The bathrooms were above average for a campground. All in all, we loved our trip to Tallulah Gorge. Check out the video on their website of the falls if you need a little extra convincing.
*50 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites
*63 Acre Lake with a Beach (only open Memorial Day - Labor Day)
*Campsites have electricity
*Bathrooms have plumping and showers
*$5 Parking Fee to enter park
*Cash or Check Only
*Playground near the campsites behind the bathroom.
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