Tallulah Point Overlook, 1920s, Rabun County

This well-loved tourist stop was known as Harvey’s Famous Overlook from at least the 1920s [some sources say 1912] until the 1980s.

It undoubtedly hosted millions of visitors in its long history. This vintage postcard likely dates to the late 1930s. [Public domain image]

It was next known as Tallulah Point and closed in 1989. It reopened as Tallulah Point Overlook in 1994.

In 2020, the shop relocated to downtown Tallulah Falls, signalling the end of an era, but not of the business.

4 thoughts on “Tallulah Point Overlook, 1920s, Rabun County

  1. Rafe Semmes

    Hello, Brian, I have been here many times, starting in the late 1970’s.  That little store used to sell hamburgers and cokes you could eat while enjoying the view.  I believe at one time it was called Indian Trading Post and had a sign out front with an Indian in headdress. There was also a large binoculars on a post one could use (for a quarter) to look across the gorge.  And at some point in the late 1970’s, I think it was, one of the famous “Flying Wallendas” (a circus high-wire brothers act) crossed the gorge on a cable stretched from near this overlook to a tower erected on the other side.  It drew a huge crowd, of course, as there was no safety net below, only rocks. The original road to Clayton (US 441) went right past this little trading post.  Ecentually, GA DOT built a bigger bypass road that passed it by, and went through “downtown” Tallulah Falls.  The next time Kevin and I went up that way, we were intrigued by the sign we saw that said, “Historic Tallulah Falls,” pointing to a side road off the main highway.  We were surprised to see that, not remembering any such sign before, so turned right and followed it.  That’s when we came to the old Trading Post and realized we had just been on the newly-widened US 441n and the old road was now considered “historic”!  We had a good laugh over that. The park service eventually built a walking trail from the top of the gorge on the other side, all the way down to the creek below.  Originally, it only went down part-ways, to a viewing platform maybe half- or a third-way down.  Then it was extended to the small falls at the bottom.  That’s a steep hike. They did the same thing at Amicaloa Falls, just west of Dahlonega;  and eventually joined the top and bottom parts of those trails to make a complete one, from the pool at the bottom of the falls, next to the bottom parking lot, to the Lodge at the top of the falls.  I have hiked that trail many times, before it was joined.   I made the mistake, one weekend, many years ago, of hiking the entire way up and down both Amicalola Falls (Saturday) and Tallulah Gorge (Sunday), with a friend I used to hiking all over north GA with — although on two separate days.  My legs hurt for a week! Just thought you might enjoy hearing a bit more about this interesting location.

    Rafe SemmesMidway/Savannah

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    1. Jack Dominey

      If Brian can get up there again, a couple of shots of the old supports built for Karl Wallenda’s walk might be an interesting addition. The support on the north side was toppled but still sits there. I can’t recall the condition of the south side.

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  2. Jimmy Poole

    We stopped by there last month (July 2022) having been there
    37 years ago with our small children to sightsee! Shocked at the change, but nice trip down memory lane. Thanks for the nice post and pictures. Jimmy & Nancy- Americus, GA

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  3. Ben Dooley

    Great post Brian! Equally important to the view is the fact I discovered the fizzy wonder of Cheerwine at Tullulah Point several years ago! If you haven’t already, try to get a GA Power friend to arrange a tour of the power plant at the southern end of Tullulah Gorge!! Fantastic ride down on an antique incline railroad to discover an industrial architectural wonder where GA Power is still generating electricity using generators and water turbines put in place in 1913 to provide power to the Atlanta streetcars.

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