Amazing visit to Interpretive Center at Tallulah Gorge State Park in 2011. This is a few miles south of Clayton, Georgia in Tallulah Falls, Georgia.
Visitor Center at Tallulah Gorge State ParkOn Thursday, March 3, 2011, from my home in East Tennessee, I drove nearly five hours to perform stories at Findley Oaks Elementary School in Johns Creek, Georgia near Duluth. It was a beautiful day. If it hadn't been for the fact that I wanted to get to my storytelling gig in plenty of time, I would have loved to stop and explore.
To make up for this, I decided in advance to drive the longer more scenic route on the way back to my home in Tennessee. I would drive through north Georgia, cut through North Carolina, and then back to my home in East Tennessee. I intended to stop at at least two parks on the way home.
Knowing that I would be buoyed by an adrenaline rush after the evening performance, I decided to drive about 1 1/2 hours toward home that night. This way, I would have that extra time to explore places to my heart's content. So I drove to Clayton, Georgia and stayed in a hotel there.
Friday morning, March 4th, was drizzly and overcast. I did not intend to let that stop me from enjoying the parks and vistas I intended to see. After eating my free continental breakfast, I checked out of my hotel and drove 12 miles south of my location to get to Tallulah Gorge State Park. This park is located in a little town called Tallulah Falls, Georgia.
When you drive into the park, you see that you need to pay a $5 parking fee. I got out and visited the visitor center first. Their official title is Interpretive Center. In this blog, you can see pictures of some of the displays they had set up. You will also see a photo of the map I took.
In another blog, you will be able to see lots of photos of the beautiful waterfalls in this park. For your convenience, I will include a link to that blog at the end of this one.
So, for your viewing pleasure, here are pictures of some of the displays at the Interpretive Center at Tallulah Gorge State Park.
A wonderful feature of Tallulah Gorge State ParkAfter checking out the visitor center, I started on my way to walk on their paved path to get to the first of several of their large waterfalls.
I was absolutely delighted when I saw the sign that you will see in the photo below. It states:
. "This walking surface system is manufactured from recycled Tire Rubber and is equivalent to removing 600 tires from the waste system. Provided by your Georgia State Parks Department."
I took picture of the path as well so you could see what they are talking about.
As I walked on this path, I noticed that it was kind of bouncy. It definitely felt like walking on a firm cushion. I can imagine that this would be a lot easier on the knees should you use a path like this for jogging.
As of March of 2011, they still had some dirt paths in the park. I suppose it is a work-in-progress as they get funding to continue this effort. It is possible that they have had a chance to complete it this many years later.
I was hugely impressed as recycling and protecting our Mother Earth has been one of my strongest priorities for several years.
Have you ever heard of this feature? If so, please share in the comment section below where they also use recycled tires?