TALLULAH FALLS, Ga. -- 11Alive's latest One Tank Trip takes viewers 96 miles northeast of Atlanta to the beautiful town of Tallulah Falls.
The town is home to Tallulah Gorge State Park, which boasts more than 2,000 acres of breathtaking scenery. The gorge is known as one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern United States; it is roughly two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep.
"There's a lot of stuff people can do here," said park ranger Danny Tatum. "The trail systems, the gorge itself, the beauty year-round -- even in the wintertime when it ices up, it's a gorgeous view."
Visitors can remain high above the gorge, hiking the rim trails to 11 different outlooks, three of which Tatum discovered.
But most come to see the falls -- five unique waterfalls that hikers can reach by making their way down to the gorge floor.
"There are five waterfalls, but none named Tallulah," Tatum joked.
The smallest is Bridal Veil, which is where visitors are permitted to swim. There's also "L'eau d'or, Tempesta, Oceania and the biggest one, Hurricane.
In the late 1800's, Tallulah Falls was booming, serving as a great attraction thanks to a railway system that went right through the town.
A huge fire destroyed most of the hotels in 1921, taking away the large crowds. But the area remained relevant to thrill-seekers, and thousands came to see Karl Wallenda, great-grandfather of Grand Canyon tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, cross the gorge on a tightrope in 1970.
"It was just amazing to do what he did back in the day," Tatum said. "The crowds were on both sides ... Quite different back in those days, but it was something to see."
The tower Wallenda left is still there, on its side as an historical marker.
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