Tallulah Gorge State Park is in northeastern Georgia and has a two mile long, 1,000 foot-deep gorge filled with five waterfalls, several hiking trails and a suspension bridge that sways 80 feet above the gorge floor. The visitor center has a film about the history of the gorge and information about the protected species of persistent trillium and monkey-faced orchids within the gorge. We enjoyed an invigorating and very sweaty hike, stopping to enjoy the great views of the gorge and falls. We did not see any trillium or orchids, however, we saw the remains of the tower from Karl Wallenda’s tightrope crossing in 1970. We also imagined where scenes from the movie Deliverance were shot.After our time in the park, we searched for a roadside restaurant to get a cool drink. Surprisingly, we found Moonrise Distillery, a small batch whiskey, bourbon and moonshine establishment, open. We were given a tour and an education on the preparation of these beverages. Yes, there was a tasting, too. We stopped at an art gallery, and at last located a place to get a refreshing ice coffee in the town of Clayton.After a full day of exploring, we relaxed by Lake Rabun and had some local trout encrusted with, of course Georgia pecans. Our time in the northeast corner of Georgia was just peachy.
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