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Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
Cloudland Canyon State Park is a 3,485 acre 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 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.HistoryCloudland Canyon was designated a state park in 1939 when the state began acquiring land from private owners. Three of these owners, from the Mathews, McCauley and McKaig families, still reside in the area. Expansion of the park continues sporadically as new land is purchased for it. The park was originally 1924acre, and has been expanded to its present size of 3485acre.
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  • Great national park that can be enjoyed by all ages and range of abilities! The road is paved all the way up and through the entrance of the park. Day parking rate of $5 is not at all unreasonable. Th...  read more »
  • If you're in the area or just want to see some beautiful scenery in Georgia, Cloudland Canyon State Park is worth the visit. There are several nice hiking trails. The park is very well-maintained. The...  read more »
  • Cloudland Canyon State Park is a great place to visit. We only visited for the day (we did not spend the night, but there are camping sites as well as old cabins for rent). There are several nice hiki...  read more »
  • Family fun! Beautiful scenery, waterfalls and hikes! Stayed in a cabin with kitchen for 8 of us and was a very pleasant stay. Campfire in the evenings. Did a guided cave tour with GA Girl Guides while here who are superb professionally, in safety and humor. Highly recommend for adventure, fun outdoor education and family getaway destination
  • Great hikes, excellent views, park store was very nice. Waterflalls were dry but just call ahead to check before you go if that is what you want. They have cabins also and they looked clean. Overall well maintained.
  • Traveling in business and had some downtime. So happy this place was so clearly marked on the way here from Chattanooga. Great views and you can get a great workout here too!
  • We just stopped by to stretch our legs on our way to Gatlinburg, TN so honestly we only spent an hour here. The bathrooms were really clean and it seemed like a great camping location. Lots of campers, nice camping locations and their shop offers those camping items you may have forgotten at home! The staff was super friendly and obliging. At the end of the loop is a beautiful overlook of the mountain and there is a trail to the fall but we were pressed for time and looked like it was going to rain soon that day and it was about .5 mile trail with a warning that the trail would take an hour due to the strenuous trek down the mountain to see the falls. Definitely looked like a destination worth spending a half day to a day if you have the time.
  • Probably the best Georgia state park I've ever been to. The views are incredible and the hiking trails offer a variety of difficulties. The waterfalls were cool, however due to a recent lack of rain their flow was a little underwhelming. Still cool though! Park rangers were also friendly.
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