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Tallulah Falls Bridge


Approach from south.

Photo taken by JT Legg

BH Photo #157588



Information from updated Georgia Historic Bridge Survey (GHBS):

Current National Register Status of Bridge: Eligible. GHBI 1981.

Local, Determined Eligible, or NR Historic District/Status: One of 3 high artistic merit bridges in scenic location. Bridge type is not common.


The bridge carries the 1930s alignment of US 441over the river/lake in the gorge. The lake was created after the hydroelectric dam was completed in 1914. The remains of a railroad bridge cross the north end of the bridge. The segment of highway is located in the Tallulah Gorge State Park. Access to it is not controlled.

Physical Description:

Aesthetic, one span, ribbed open spandrel arch with Deco influenced balustrades. Abutments finished with Neoclassical channeling. Deep cantilevered deck sections. Earth-filled abutments.

Summary of Significance:

The bridge was determined eligible in 1981. It is one of three aesthetic bridges built by the department in the scenic area in the early 1930s. All three remain.


Concrete arch bridge over Tallulah River on Old US 441 in Tallulah Falls
Rabun County, Georgia
Open to traffic
Built 1932
Span length: 146.0 ft.
Total length: 146.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.74167, -83.40167   (decimal degrees)
34°44'30" N, 83°24'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/280134/3847022 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tallulah Falls
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
GA 24150240 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12575 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 57.3 (out of 100)
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Arch (12,102)
Built 1932 (963)
Built during 1930s (11,749)
Deck arch (11,341)
Georgia (633)
NR-eligible (4,053)
Open (39,885)
Owned by city (5,403)
Rabun County, Georgia (9)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,223)
Total length 125-175 feet (5,921)
US 441 (7)

Update Log 

  • August 20, 2018: Updated by Amber Rhea: Added NR eligibility info from GHBS


  • JT Legg - talmo346 [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Amber Rhea