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Tallulah Gorge is over 1,000 feet deep, with rushing whitewater crashing through the bottom of the gorge. The surrounding area was originally inhabited by Cherokee Indians, who viewed the wild landscape of the gorge as sacred and generally stayed away. Tallulah Falls became a tourist destination in the nineteenth century, and the town began to flourish. Hotels and lodges multiplied, and the town had churches, a railroad depot, a saloon, and many other businesses driven by the influx of vacationers. These businesses suffered when the railroad stopped running, but visitors and residents can still enjoy the dramatic beauty of the gorge with its many hiking trails, swimming areas, and even a bluegrass jamboree that delights attendees on Saturday nights from April to November. A whitewater release in the Gorge happens twice a year, and is a huge draw for boaters and spectators. Tallulah Falls School, a private boarding and day college-preparatory school, is located here. The school has been serving students since 1909. Athens Y Camp calls Tallulah Falls home, and generations of young men and women have spent glorious summers here. Today, Tallulah Falls has shopping, galleries, restaurants, and more perched on or near the edge of the gorge. Secluded rental cabins dot the shore of a pristine lake, and private homes have breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and gorge.