Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn

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#11 of 75 in Nature in Georgia
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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  • October 3, 2017
    I am an avid hiker and wanted to cross this state park off my list of hikes / waterfalls. However, I found that the ambient noise levels of the human population was a bit disturbing. Lots of screaming...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Super pretty, really great campsite. We chose the backcountry option which you hike into. We also chose campsite #3. Once you book your reservation, you choose your campsite when you get there. It's a...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    We parked at the Interpretive Center, hiked down to both falls (we were told it was 600 steps). We didn't think the trail down was too steep or difficult to climb back up. We then hiked across the bri...  more »

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