Sunday, February 21, 2010

High Wire Site of Tallulah Gorge

At over 1,000 feet deep in places, Tallulah Gorge is one of the largest canyons in the Eastern United States. On July 18, 1970, a 65-year-old Wallenda performed a high-wire walk across the Tallulah Gorge, a gorge formed by the Tallulah River. This is the overlook from which Wallenda walked the high wire 1,200 feet across the gorge. Out of the photo and to the right the remains of the high wire tower still exists. However, unknown to many folks today, Wallenda was not the first. On July 24, 1886, Professor Leon crossed the Gorge on a high wire. The daredevil wire walkers are a thing of the past, at least for now. Still, today you can often see rock climbers challenging the walls of the Tallulah Gorge. Tallulah Gorge is located between Rabun and Habersham Counties in the North Georgia mountains in Southeast USA.

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