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Cloudland Canyon State Park


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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.

Directions

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.


Address
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Walker County
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Phone
706-657-4050

Nature Arts 'n Crafts
Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM – May 7, 2016 until May 27, 2017 
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Calling all kids and families! Learn about a specific natural feature of Cloudland Canyon State Park and then construct a craft about it to take home! This is a drop-in program; stop by the Interpretive Center any time between 1 and 3 pm to take part in the program. Activities change weekly. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Handicapped Accessible
Orienteering 101: Reading a Map and Compass
Saturday, May 7, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, May 22, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Never get lost on a trail or in the woods again. During this interactive program, you'll learn how to read maps and how to use a compass. A course will then be set up for you to practice your new skills. We will be meeting at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Sunset Point: Cloudland Canyon's Hidden Gem
Saturday, May 7, 2016 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 8:15 PM to 9:15 PM
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Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Take a short walk with the park naturalist to Sunset Point, Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secret. Enjoy expansive 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
Day Hike with the Naturalist
Sundays 11 AM - 2:30 PM until Nov 27, 2016 
Sunday, May 8, 2016 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016 11 AM to 2:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Want to learn about the park's plants, wildlife, and geology and get healthy exercise in the great outdoors in the process? Take a hike of 3 to 5 miles with Park Naturalist Stephanie Fischer. Hike location changes each week. Bring water, lunch, wear shoes (not sandals), and dress for the weather...  $5 per person or $15 per family $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
High in the Sky: Transit of Mercury
Monday, May 9, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
See the sun safely and observe the transit of the planet Mercury across its face. Hosted by the Barnard Astronomical Society and Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park, this informal program involves using a special telescope filter to view the sun without any harm to the eyes... $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Bat Conservation in Georgia
Friday, May 13, 2016 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Presented by Wildlife Biologist Trina Morris of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this program will highlight bat species of Georgia, fun facts about bats, why bats are important to us, and the cause of bat decline. A bat mist-netting demonstration will follow... $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Trail Maintenance
Saturday, May 14, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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... 423-702-1218.
Trail Maintenance
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
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Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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... 423-702-1218.
Friends Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 26, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
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Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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.
Night Hike
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Jun 17, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jul 1, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
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Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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
Go Fish!
Saturday, May 28, 2016 3 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Take part in a popular American pastime and go fishing in the state park's pond. Fishing poles, tackle, and short lessons available from the naturalist. All ages welcome. This is a drop-in program; head to the pond anytime between 3 pm and 4:30 pm.  $3.00 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Wild Cave Tours
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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. 800-979-3370.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Star Party: After Dark in Your State Park
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 to Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 to Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 to Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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... $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Junior Ranger Summer Camp
Monday, Jun 6, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
9 AM - 3 PM from Jun 6, 2016 until Jun 12, 2016 
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
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Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to spend a week hiking, fishing, geocaching, learning outdoor skills, and having fun in nature...  $60 for the week. 706-657-4050.
Go Fishing, Get Outdoors
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Have you always wanted to cast your rod and try your hand at fishing? Here's your chance to learn and participate in this popular American pastime. Rods and bait included in the price. All ages welcome for this introductory program.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Go Disc Golfing, Get Outdoors
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 2 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Try your hand at disc golf! It's golf with a frisbee twist on an 18-hole course that meanders around the highest point in the park. If you've ever wondered about or wanted to learn how to play this unique sport, this is your chance to do so with the park naturalist. Families welcome.  $4 if you bring your own disc; $8.50 to purchase your very own Cloudland Canyon State Park disc and participate in the event. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Catfish Rodeo
10 AM - 3 PM from Sep 3, 2016 until Sep 5, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Volunteer Event: Your State Park Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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... 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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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Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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...  $5 for adults; $3 for children $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Lula Lake Land Trust 5 Points 50 Miler
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 8 AM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Attention hardcore mountain bikers: get your race on by participating in a 50-mile trail race through the Five Points Recreation Area of Cloudland Canyon State Park...  TBD plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Dade County Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
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.
Contacts
Stanley Hammock
706-657-4050  Park Manager, Cloudland Canyon State Park

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