Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn

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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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  • Trailer camping in the north Georgian mountains in the fall doesn't get much better. All sites I saw were shaded and level. We chose #45. Due to a family issue we only got to stay one nite. Can't say ...  more »
  • We spent 2 nights at walk in tent campground. Fortunately it was mid week and we snagged a site (first come/first serve) not far from parking lot and very near bath house, which was immaculate. The si...  more »
  • This was our first visit to Cloudland Canyon State Park. What a gem. It costs $5 to enter. There is a nice looking camping area, and it looks like they have rental cabins up by the East Rim trail. We ...  more »

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