Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn

#9 of 109 in Nature in Georgia
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Cloudland Canyon State Park is a 3,485 acres (14.10 km2) Georgia state park located near Trenton and Cooper Heights on the western edge of Lookout Mountain. One of the largest and most scenic parks in Georgia, it contains rugged geology, and offers visitors a range of vistas across the deep gorge cut through the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, where the elevation varies from 800 to over 1,800 feet. Views of the canyon can be seen from the picnic area parking lot, in addition to additional views located along the rim trail. At the bottom of the gorge, two waterfalls cascade across layers of sandstone and shale, ending in small pools below.

The park, previously known as Sitton Gulch (or Gulf) or Trenton Gulf, was purchased in stages by the state of Georgia beginning in 1938. Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a project of Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression built the first facilities and signs in the park, which opened the following year. Today the park features a variety of campsites, cabins, hiking and recreational activities.

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  • There is a $5 entrance fee and there are a lot of campsites to stay. the trails are well kept and it seems to be a family friendly park. there are restrooms and water supply and dogs are allowed on a....  more »
  • We spent one night in our rented Class B RV, and it was a great experience. Access to North Rim and Waterfall trails was perfect. Highly recommend both of these hikes (1.5 hours each), very scenic...  more »
  • This is such a beautiful place. The boulders, rock formations are breathtaking. There has been a drought this year so the waterfalls were barely dripping, but the areas were still astonishing. And yes, there are 600 stair steps down to the Falls! West Rim Loop trail features amazing vistas, as does the Overlook Trail. There are clean restrooms at each parking location, and the rangers are very helpful.
  • We camp here a couple of times a year and thoroughly enjoy it every time. We usually camp in the West Rim campground in our fifth wheel. Every campsite is shaded. The road around the campground is a bit narrow and there are elevation changes so don't get in a hurry. The sites themselves are fairly level because they almost all have retaining walls around them. The campsites are really well done. They don't have sewer hookups, but they have water and many of the electric hookups (if not all), have two 30-Amp connections and a 60-Amp and 30-Amp breaker. The hike into the canyon to the waterfalls has many stairs and a large elevation change, but is worth doing. We also enjoy hiking around the rim around sunset or dawn. We also enjoy driving around the area. There are some twisty roads with good views if that's your thing. We also have dinner at Canyon Grill which is located outside the park about a mile away.

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