Waterside safari tents near Tallulah Falls

This North Georgia town is the gateway to cascading waterfalls, dramatic canyons, and gleaming lakes.

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Mountaintop Fantasy

4 sites · Lodging8 acres · Cullowhee, NC
Selected by Outside Magazine as their Favorite Hipcamp in North Carolina and a Hipcamp Finalist in N.C. 2020, 2021, and 2022 and runner up best treehouse in 2023, you can choose among three separate and memorable experiences in our 8 acre compound: 1) a woodsy, peaceful glamping experience with million dollar views in an 6 person tent;; 2) a glampingTreehouse with W/C; and 3) the newly built 2BR 1 1/2 BA private annex to our house. Each can be all yours - this is not a commercial campground. Explore the innumerable trails and waterfalls of the Smokies; fish in the Lake or numerous rivers and streams; swim in the Lake and at the sand beach down the road; rent a pontoon boat; travel the Blue Ridge Parkway; enjoy the shopping and restaurants of nearby Cashiers and Highlands. Or just chill out. These are truly unique high altitude sites with amenities you won't find elsewhere. Both are in a gated "subdivision" that has 60 lots but only 8 houses - the rest is woods and the only place in your vicinity is our cabin. With unmatched mountain and western views, if you like the great outdoors on the mountain and in the woods, This is the place for you and your family. If you like a more camping style with tent (provided), covered camp kitchen, table and firepit ( along with the uncovered ones) check out Smoky Mountain High. Don't like tents? No problem. Check out our Treehouse with kitchen, bunks, grill, cooktop, heaters, W/C and more. Prefer indoor rustic luxury? The Glenville Aerie (4100') is a fully furnished, annex we built for our family, guests and friends who value their privacy. Walkie-talkies to facilitate mountain communications. Board games too. Access to our dock, canoes and kayak? Yep. Adult life preservers provided. Secret nature trail to our kids playground and trampoline. Hammock, kid's swing, hanging chair and dining for 6. Visit with Jake the Cat and our chickens. This area is truly one of a kind spiritual respite. These mountains are justly known for hiking, fishing, water sports, chilling out and forgetting about the Virus, politics and the nuisances of the workaday world. Our goal is to provide you and your family with an unforgettable and magical N.C. mountain experience, while reducing your blood pressure.
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Waterside safari tents near Tallulah Falls guide

Overview

Perched at the mouth of the 1,000-foot Tallulah Gorge and hemmed in by woodlands, waterfalls, and lakes, the small town of Tallulah Falls is one of Georgia’s most popular outdoor escapes. Sitting pretty at the entrance to the Tallulah Gorge State Park, hikers, campers, and leaf-peepers can explore scenic rim trails and five waterfalls, hike down into the Tallulah river gorge, and admire views of Hurricane Falls from a 200-foot-long suspension bridge. The state park campground has tent and RV campsites with electric hookups, plus backcountry camping.

Where to go

Rabun County

North of Tallulah Falls, the mountains Rabun County affords plenty of options for hikers. Head to Lake Rabun just outside of town, check into a campground on the shore of Lake Burton, or see the waterfalls at Moccasin Creek State Park. For mountain hikes, you can’t go wrong at Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia’s highest state park, where you can drive your RV up into the hills or rent a mountaintop cottage. 

Habersham County

In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and dotted with small towns, Habersham County stretches south of Tallulah Falls. Go canoeing, kayaking, and fly fishing along the Chattahoochee and Soque rivers, or try hiking and backcountry camping along part of the Appalachian Trail. Further south, Lake Russell has hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, while Don Carter State Park sports a lakeside campground and cabin rentals.

South Carolina

Tallulah Falls sits right on the border of Georgia and South Carolina, making it easy to hop over state lines. On the border, Lake Tugalo is a popular spot for boating and fishing, but if you prefer your water sports with a dose of adrenaline, you could try whitewater rafting along the Chattooga River instead. Also within reach are the many campgrounds of Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell, and the mountain trails and cabins of Oconee State Park. 

When to go

The state park and campgrounds are open year-round, but the best weather for hiking and camping is in the cooler months of spring and fall (March to June or September to November), as summers can be sweltering in Georgia. Leaf-peepers should time their trip for fall when the forested gorges serve up some of the state’s best fall foliage views.

Know before you go

  • Tallulah Falls has a general store and a couple of restaurants and cafés, while the closest gas stations are along Highway 23, a short drive from town.
  • Both a daily parking fee and camping reservation fees apply at Tallulah Gorge State Park. A free, first-come, first-served permit is required to access the gorge floor and is available from the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center. Numbers are limited, so arrive early, especially on weekends and holidays. 
  • Permitted backcountry camping is possible only at designated sites within the park.

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