Okay, whatever plans you have this weekend, drop them. I mean it, drop them now and put Mount Yonah in your sights. Now I’m sure you know that I am behind in updating my blog by a few quests so this picture was taken in the middle of March. Which I would call Spring but since Winter decided to be a school yard bully, Spring has really only recently taken hold. It turned out to be a great photography experience because everywhere I looked it was like Spring and Winter were in an epic battle against each other.
Tallulah Gorge has been a very popular tourist attraction since the 19th century. When the railway was built, it became one of the busiest tourist destinations in Georgia. They say that during that time, on a Sunday, more than 2,000 people would be seen near the gorge, at the resort or mingling in the bars. Fun fact: Nik Wallenda is taking a look at doing the daredevil tightrope walk across the gorge in the next three years. Karl Wallenda was the second man to walk across the gorge on a tightrope. The huge towers that were used to hold the rope are still there today and make for some cool photographs.
During these times, there wasn’t a dam holding back the water. It was a raw open and incredibly amazing place. Not to say it isn’t amazing now, but they say the tourism died when the dam was built. Prior to the dam you could hear the roar of the water for miles and after it became deafening quiet. You often hear that Tallulah means “loud waters” in Cherokee but in truth, the word has no meaning.
My first Georgia Quest of 2014 begins at Indian Seats Trail on Sawnee Mountain. It’s a very close 30-45 minute drive from Atlanta or North Fulton area. The Indian Seats Trail starts at the Bettis-Tribble Gap entrance off Spot Road. The trail is a loop and it’s very well-marked but still, pay attention to the signs and arrows! Indian Seats Trail is 4 miles long and it really isn’t a hard trail.. I took the clockwise direction on the trail from Spot Road, as advised by fellow hiker friends. The preserve trail map says 3.5 but going through this way makes it about 4 miles.