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Cloudland Canyon State Park

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

NOTICE: The Bear Creek Backcountry Trail is closed at Bear Creek.
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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.

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
• 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 State Historic Site
Dalton, Georgia
Gilmer County
• Incline Railway
James H. "Sloppy" Floyd State Park
• Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding
New Echota State Historic Site
• Point Park
Rock City
Rome, Georgia
• Ruby Falls
• Tennessee Aquarium

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Canyon Climbers Club

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Rock Talk and Stroll
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
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Did you know that Cloudland Canyon was formerly part of an inland sea, or that a wild river once flowed above the highest point in the park? Discover the parks complex and fascinating geology and learn why the park looks the way it does today. This morning program will involve approximately one-mile of hiking. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
New Salem Community Fireworks
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 10 PM to 10:30 PM
Head to the hillside at the top of the park and enjoy a Fourth of July Weekend fireworks display put on by New Salem Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, a key park partner. The fireworks are shot off outside the park, but all the locals know that the hillside inside the park by the disc golf course offers great viewing. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Junior Ranger Mini-Camp
Sunday, Jul 3, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Calling all kids ages 6-12: come enjoy an interactive morning learning about your favorite state park. Be prepared for physical exercise and making new friends. Crafts, nature hikes, physical activities, and more will be included. Parents required at check-in. 12 campers maximum per camp. Pre-registration in-person or via the phone encouraged.  $7.50 per camper. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Beyond the Canyons Morning Hike
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 8 AM to 11 AM
Start Independence Day off on the right foot and join the naturalist for a morning hike. Explore the little-used Can't Hardly Trail on a four-mile loop and learn about the area's unique plants and animal species. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Bring plenty of water; wear shoes, not sandals; and dress for the warm weather.  $5 per person or $15 per family. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Trail Maintenance
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Sep 10, 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 423-702-1218.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM
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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
Hear it on the Mountain: Nearly Normal String Band
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Come picnic or relax on the grass and listen to the Atlanta-based Nearly Normal String Band as they perform traditional acoustic music in the bluegrass, folk, blues, and Appalachian mountain traditions. Program takes place adjacent to the Interpretive Center in the Main Day-Use Area of the park. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Trail Maintenance
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
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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, Jul 28, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Sep 22, 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.
Night Hike
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Sep 2, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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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
Star Party: After Dark in Your State Park
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 to Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 9 PM
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.
Catfish Rodeo
10 AM - 3 PM from Sep 3, 2016 until Sep 5, 2016 
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
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
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.
Lula Lake Land Trust 5 Points 50 Miler
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 8 AM
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. This race is being put on by Lula Lake Land Trust and SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) in partnership with the state park. For more info, visit  TBD plus $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 or 706-398-2534. 706-657-4050.
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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Cloudland Canyon State Park
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Rising Fawn, GA 30738 View Details

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