Cloudland Canyon State Park

Cloudland Canyon State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-657-4050

NOTICE: Cottages 1–5 will be closed for renovations from January 9, 2017 to June 30, 2017. Campers should note that the East Rim Campground may experience increased noise levels during this time due to construction work.

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» Camping Notices:
East Rim water/electric campsites are closed December–February. West Rim water/electric campsites are open year-round.
Walk-in campsites are open for winter; however, the comfort station is closed.
Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and exceptional hiking. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. Overnight guests can choose from quirky yurts, cottages near the canyon edge, a modern campground or spacious, walk-in tent sites. Backpackers can enjoy camping in a hemlock grove on the 2-mile Backcountry Loop.  
 
The most spectacular view into the canyon is an easy walk from the picnic area; however, hikers can also explore a rim trail or journey to the canyon floor by a series of staircases. Two waterfalls cascade over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below, with their flow depending on recent rains. This Waterfalls Trail is part of the popular Canyon Climbers Club. Backpackers, mountain bikers and equestrians can explore several miles on the Cloudland Connector Trail.

Georgia Girl Guides is a local guide service that offers hikes and family friendly cave tours. The park’s caving trips are perfect for groups and adventure seekers who want to get muddy, wet and experience a wild cave. Different tours are offered throughout the year. Reservations required: 706-913-7170.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/CloudlandCanyon

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Gates lock at 10 p.m. No late access. Trails close at sunset.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Interpretive Center Hours:

Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open weekdays seasonally as staffing allows & visitation dictates.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 3,488 Acres
• 16 Cottages ($160–$210) — #6 & #7 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 72 Campsites ($27–$33)
• 30 Walk-in Campsites ($20–$25)
• 10 Yurts ($100)
• 13 Backcountry Campsites ($8–$10/person)
• 5 Picnic Shelters ($30)
• 1 Group Shelter (seats 175, $75–$115)
• Pioneer Campground ($55)
• Group Lodge (sleeps 40, $225–$275)
• Gift Shop

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking — 30 miles of trails
• Canyon Climbers Club
Hiking, Caving & Camping with Georgia Girl Guides
• Mountain Biking — 30 miles of trails
• Horseback Riding — 12 miles of trails; no stable or horse rental; rules of equestrian trails
• Disc Golf ($4) — annual pass available
• Picnicking
• Geocaching
• Pond Fishing
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

Blue Ridge Mountains
Calhoun, Georgia/Gordon County
• Canyon Ridge Golf Club, Rising Fawn
• Chattanooga, Tennessee
• Chickamauga National Battlefield
Chief Vann House Historic Site
Dalton, Georgia
Gilmer County
• Incline Railway
James H. "Sloppy" Floyd State Park
• Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding
New Echota Historic Site
• Point Park
Rock City
Rome, Georgia
• Ruby Falls
• Tennessee Aquarium

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Night Hike
Friday, Sep 2, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Catfish Rodeo
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
10 AM - 3 PM from Sep 3, 2016 until Sep 5, 2016 
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
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Bring the family fishing at our stocked catfish pond for the first weekend of the catch 'n' keep season. A limited amount of fishing gear is available for loan. Bait included in the price. Fishing lessons available.  $3 per person $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 10 AM
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 10 AM
Tuesday, Sep 6, 2016 10 AM
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You will get muddy and wet on a family friendly underground adventure. Our guides will educate you on cave formations, bats, and geology while you have fun getting muddy and wet climbing and crawling your way through a wild cave. www.GeorgiaGirlGuides.com. Reservations required.  $30-$60 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Take a short walk with the park naturalist to Sunset Point, Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secret. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem
Musical Performance by Fine Neighbors String Band
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Come relax and picnic outside the Interpretive Center and enjoy bluegrass music by Lookout Mountain's very own Fine Neighbors String Band. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Handicapped Accessible
Trail Maintenance
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Help upkeep trails in the park and get your Saturday morning workout on by volunteering with "Trail Dudes" Greg Foster, Gary Holsted, and other members of Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Specific projects may include trail repair, sign installation, tool organization, etc. For more info, email Greg at atthruhiker2006@yahoo.com. 423-702-1218.
Trail Maintenance
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 6 PM to 7:15 PM
Help upkeep the trails of the state park and get your Tuesday evening workout on with Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park "Trail Dudes" Greg Foster, Gary Holsted, and others. Specific projects will include sign installation, trail repair, tool organization, etc. Contact Greg at 423-702-1218 for more information. 423-702-1218.
Friends Membership Meeting
Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
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Learn more about Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park and how you can help your favorite state park during this monthly meeting. Meet at the Group Shelter. 706-657-4050.
Volunteer Event: Your State Park Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
With free admission to the park in exchange for volunteering, Georgia State Parks Day is a great day to assist park staff and Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park in a number of needed service projects. Plan on getting a little dirty, having fun, and meeting new people. Meet at the Interpretive Center. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Fall Hayrides and Family Fun
Saturdays 12 PM - 6 PM – Sep 24, 2016 until Nov 19, 2016 
The entire family will enjoy a tractor-drawn hayride through the beautiful fall foliage of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Hayride admission includes family fun such as games, temporary tattoos, bubble station, and coloring. Soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Hayrides take place on the hour from noon to 5 p.m. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Fall Hayrides
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 1 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 1 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 1 PM to 6 PM
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Take an autumn hayride through the park and enjoy the natural surroundings in a unique way. Hot and cold drinks, hot dogs, s'mores, and other snacks will be available for purchase. Hayrides leave near the Interpretive Center every hour on the hour between 1 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. This is a great program for families and couples.  $5 for adults; $3 for children $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
5 Points 50/25 Mountain Bike Race
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 8 AM to 5 PM
Attention hardcore mountain bikers: get your race on by participating in a 25 or 50 mile trail race through the 5 Points Recreation Area and Lula Lake Land Trust properties. For more information and to register, visit http://www.roostracingllc.com/description-3/.  TBD plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Star Party: After Dark in Your State Park
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 to Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 9 PM
Far away from the light pollution of Chattanooga, Montgomery, and Atlanta is Cloudland Canyon State Park. Join members of Barnard Astronomical Society for stargazing with high-tech telescopes in this dark sky park. Discover the brightest planets, stars and constellations in the night sky this month. Cloud cover and/or rain cancels this event. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Dade County Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Come out to this community celebration along Main Street in Trenton. Be sure and keep yours eyes out for the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park holiday float. Interested float volunteers should contact Dena Abell at dena@cloudlandcanyon.org or 706-398-2534. 706-657-4050.
Address/Directions
Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Walker County


GPS Coordinates:

N 34.8402630 | W -85.4828810
Located on Route 136, 8 miles east of Trenton and I-59 (Exit #11), and 18 miles west of LaFayette.


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