Sometimes we all just want to be kids again. Carefree, brave little humans whose favorite outdoor activity is going down a big slide … and getting really loud. We can’t go back to childhood, but thanks to one iconic Georiga river and a rowdy festival we can recreate it. The fifth annual Tallulah Fest kicks off Saturday (April 12), and with it, the second season release for the Tallulah Gorge, home to the Southeast’s biggest runnable whitewater slide.
Located at Greene Moon Events in Tallulah Falls, Ga., the event hosts a whitewater video contests, a Demshitz Brown Claw Photo Contest, live music and camping, all around the scenic Tallulah Gorge whitewater releases.
The release is scheduled for 500 cfs on Saturday, April 12 and 700 for the release Sunday, April 13. The main attraction of the three-mile section for both boaters and paddlers is Oceana, a 60-foot slide of water cascading into a ginormous hole. The rapid is awe-inspiring, the styled runs are impressive, and the carnage is hilarious.
“Tallulah Fest is one of my favorite events of the year,” says Southeastern open-boater Amanda McDaniel. “It’s just you and several hundred of your closest friends sitting around a fire, rocking out to awesome bands, drinking cold beer and getting to see the latest whitewater porn all while to hitting premium whitewater, supporting locals. The festival is all for paddlers, the rivers, and people of the area.”