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Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn

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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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  • We had a great time but don’t underestimate the hike. The 5 mile rim hike takes several hours. Be sure and take water! Worth the time though! 
    We had a great time but don’t underestimate the hike. The 5 mile rim hike takes several hours. Be sure and take water! Worth the time though!  more »
  • This State Park is a must see and do for hiking, camping Frisbee Golf and much more. Two waterfalls and breathtaking views. 
    This State Park is a must see and do for hiking, camping Frisbee Golf and much more. Two waterfalls and breathtaking views.  more »
  • We stayed in a rundown cabin, which was expensive, as part of a big wedding party. Some folks got kicked out because of over booking, others got tickets for not having their parking pass visible... 
    We stayed in a rundown cabin, which was expensive, as part of a big wedding party. Some folks got kicked out because of over booking, others got tickets for not having their parking pass visible...  more »
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  • It was my first time here and I absolutely loved it. The hike has a lot of stairs, 600 or so, the grounds are well kept. The signs are accurate as far as telling you which falls is where and how far to it. The falls are beautiful, but I hear can vary due to rainfall. There are areas to get in the water, you can even go to the fall. It's pet friendly. I've hiked many canyons, never have I been as sore as this one made me. It was probably the stairs, it's brutal but 100% worth it!!!
  • This review is for day hiking only. We didn’t camp in the park. My husband and I visited Cloudland Canyon with our dog on Thursday, December 23, 2022. It wasn’t crowded at all. Parking is $5 per car. We did the West Rim Loop Trail (about 5 miles) in 2 hours and 45 minutes. It offered some nice views and wasn’t too difficult. We wish we had gone in the fall for even better views though. We also did the Overlook Trail (1 mile), which took about 20 minutes. Very good signage. They did a great job marking the trails. There was ample parking when we went. Bathrooms with running water and soap. Picnic tables and shelters. My only complaint is there weren’t any trash cans or doggy waste baskets anywhere on the trails, only in the parking lots. Obviously it’s not the Grand Canyon, but it was still pretty cool! We recommend!
  • This was a fun hike, for Georgia it is very unique, much of the loop is on the edge of steep cliffs and daring views but keeping with the trend the trails are very well tended and not difficult at all. It was a gorgeous clear day for us so no cloudy canyons but I will for sure be back when the chance of clouds is a little more likely. That being said for mid February it was much more scenic than I expected and can see the reason this is on most of the top lists for hikes in Georgia!
  • I absolutely loved this park. Great marked trails from easy to moderate level. Amazing view of the canyon, 2 waterfalls and great scenery overall. It wasn't very crowded and I went on a Saturday. $5 entrance fee, well worth it.
  • This was my favorite hike ever. So many waterfalls, streams, trees, boulders, well made paths, & benches to rest. This is NOT a place to bring your furry friends. Although allowed on leash, it would be very uncomfortable on any dog's pads. Not ideal at all. The stairs are made of metal grates, stone, wood, and dirt. Very steep descent into the canyon. I counted 538 stairs, but the website says 600 stairs. Yes, that's one way. Breathtaking views at the lookout area. Plenty of parking. Restrooms available at lookout parking area and visitor's center. This hike is not for the faint of heart. Bring lots of water regardless to which season you visit. You will need it! No swimming allowed. Backcountry camping authorized. See ranger for details. Beautiful, must see area!

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