Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn

4.8
#11 of 114 in Nature in Georgia
Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and exceptional hiking. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. Overnight guests can choose from new yurts, cottages near the canyon edge, a modern campground and spacious, walk-in tent sites. Backpackers can enjoy camping in a hemlock grove on the 2-mile Backcountry Loop.



The most spectacular view into the canyon is an easy walk from the picnic area; however, hikers can also explore a rim trail or journey to the canyon floor by a series of staircases. Two waterfalls cascade over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below, with their flow depending on recent rains. This Waterfalls Trail is part of the popular Canyon Climbers Club. Backpackers, mountain bikers and equestrians can explore several miles on the Cloudland Connector Trail.
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  • My family of 4 enjoyed a great long weekend at the park. We camped in the West Rim Campground, which was more wooded and private than the East Rim Campground. The bath house had good water pressure an...  more »
  • 60 miles of very well-maintained trails, waterfalls, and beauty. This state park is very popular and it helps to make reservations to stay there early, but it never feels crowded as it is so large.  more »
  • Cloundland Canyon State Park is gorgeous! We went right before the summer solstice during the week and basically had the rustic campground to ourselves, with very quiet trails. Not only is the rim tra...  more »
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  • Incredible Camp Ground. I took my girlfriend here from Florida for her birthday to hike the trails in the Chattanooga area, but little did we know some of the best trails were located right on the campgrounds! After we set up camp we decided to hike the trail located right behind our sight. We had no idea how beautiful the hike was going to be, providing gorgeous overlooks of the canyon. The two waterfalls located on the campground were the most incredible things I saw in 5 days of hiking the lookout mountain area. I can't wait until my next trip!
  • Very beautiful park to visit. Great for photography. The hiking in some areas are really good some of the trails you have to be careful on. It's a little bit of a hike down to the waterfalls but it's Worth seeing. Nice for camping And hiking. This park here is very maintain well. It's a place I would recommend for families to go visit.
  • We visited Cloudland Canyon in late summer 2016. It was fairly dry then so the falls didn’t have as much to offer. But it was still a spectacular view of of the canyon and great adventure to journey to the base of the valley. Many, many, many stairways take you down a breathtaking descent into dense forests with pebbles and rock made creeks to visit the several falls the park offers. It was very hot and humid the day I visited and it takes a lot of energy to make it back up the stairway so I would advise being in an appropriate state of health before you take the plunge! Lol but definitely worth the time visiting!
  • Their was so much to enjoy at this park. We camped 3 nights and yet still didn't get to do it all. That's okay though because we will definitely be back! We camped 2 nights at the Walk in Sites. These were great, beautiful, nature soaked sites. Our campsite hung right over a creek! It was amazing. Downsides would be the distance to parking and bathrooms especially if you camp at one of the further sites like us. (14, 5, 16, 17) sites are first come first serve. You can make reservations it's just not for a specific site. Our last night we splurged for a yurt $100 which was great and worth it for the fun and unique experience. We also got some great nature viewing at night from our back porch. We watched deer, owls, bats and fireflies, added to the stargazing it is an ideal way to spend an evening on your camping trip! Be sure to pack you or bag with plenty of snacks and water for the trails. They are tough but rewarding trails with many great look out points as well as the waterfalls.
  • Great state park, one of the best in the country. The views alone are unlike anything else you'll find east of the Mississippi. The pictures don't do this place justice. The park is huge and offers tons to do, starting with miles and miles of hiking trails.great campground and other lodging options. Not a bad drive from Chattanooga.

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