Hike into Cloudland Canyon

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Hike into one of the few canyons in the Southeast. Get amazing views of the North Georgia mountains from the top and beautiful waterfalls at its floor.

Cloudland Canyon is a State Park located on the west of Lookout Mountain in Rising Fawn, Georgia. It is one of the few canyons in the Southeast and it is filled with everything an adventurer wants or needs. 

34.834667°, -85.480517°

^^Use the GPS coordinates to get you to the Overlook spot at the very top of the canyon with the most scenic views. From here you can look out to see the whole valley of the canyon and the blue hued North Georgia mountains. 

Most of the trail heads begin here and if you want to hike down into the canyon the best hike is the Waterfalls Trail. Begin by finding the West Rim Trail and the Waterfalls Trail will split from it at about .25 mile in.  

It is only a 2 mile loop, but it is also very strenuous and physical which makes it about a 90 minute hike. Mostly because you are hiking into the bed of the canyon and of course if you go down, you have to climb back. And IT IS a climb back, specially because most of the trail is made up of metal stairs. 

This is where your adventurer spirit has to kick in because the loop contains 1200 stairs total. The 600 stairs down will bring you from about 1900ft of elevation to about 1400ft at the floor of the canyon. In all, the whole hike will have you loosing and gaining about 900ft of elevation.

The hard work is worth it and  the trail hugs the huge rock walls of the canyon and passes over Daniel Creek via multiple small bridges. You will also pass by and under huge rock outcrops that make you feel very close to Earth. 

At about half a mile in you'll start passing waterfalls. Including a 90 ft. smooth stream Hemlock falls and Cherokee falls. These waterfalls also have good sized watering holes to where you can cool off from the hike or relax by the water.

The best part of the hike is stopping after Cherokee Falls and having lunch. We sat right by the river using the huge rocks that are everywhere and enjoyed the views of the trees all around us. We relaxed and took amazing pictures down here.

If you want to continue hiking, the trail then connects to Sitton's Gulch trail which is a 6 mile round trip that brings you to the mouth of the canyon in Trenton. Just remember that you will have to climb 600 stairs back, so make good decisions with your skill level and physical condition. 

In all, Cloudland Canyon is amazing. The views and the trails have been rated some of the best in the United States and if you want to explore more, they have a great amount of tent and primitive campsites to make your adventure longer. 

Distance

2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

450 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Fitness, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Running, Backpacking, Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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