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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Walk-in campsites are open for winter; however, the comfort station is closed. Walk-in campers may use the West Rim Campground comfort station.
Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon is one of the largest and most scenic parks in the state. Home to thousand-foot deep canyons, sandstone cliffs, wild caves, waterfalls, cascading creeks, dense woodland and abundant wildlife, the park offers ample outdoor recreation opportunities. Hiking and mountain biking trails abound. The most popular hiking paths include the short Overlook Trail, strenuous Waterfalls Trail and moderate West Rim Loop Trail. Mountain biking is available at the newly developed Five Points Recreation Area and along the Cloudland Connector Trail. The park also includes an 18-hole disc golf course, wild caves available for touring during select months of the year, a fishing pond, trails for horseback riding, picnicking grounds and numerous interpretive programs, especially on weekends. Guests seeking an overnight experience can choose from fully-equipped and comfortable cottages, quirky yurts or several different types of camping and backpacking options. Come enjoy the great outdoors at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

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/Camper Store

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 — 16 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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Trail Maintenance
2nd Saturday of Month 8:30 AM - 12 PM from Dec 10, 2016 until Dec 9, 2017 
Help upkeep trails in the park, get your Saturday morning workout on, and become a "Trail Dude" or "Trail Dudette." Volunteer projects vary and may include trailblazing, trail repair, sign installation, etc. For more information, contact Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park Trails Committee Chairman Gary Holsted at $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.
Chinese Winter Solstice Festival
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 5 PM to 7:30 PM
Cloudland Canyon welcomes the Chinese American community and all other guests to this popular Chinese cultural festival known as (dongzhi jie). We will indulge in a Chinese celebration food known in English as Dumplings. Bring your own ingredients and please RSVP to Click on event for more information. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Night Hike
Friday, Dec 23, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Friday, Dec 30, 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.
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First Day Hike: Beyond the Canyons
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Start the New Year out on the right foot: take a ranger-guided winter hike through a lesser known area of Cloudland Canyon State Park. We'll explore the Can't Hardly Trail and CCT corridor on a four-mile loop. Bring water, a brown bag lunch, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for cold weather. Meet at the Visitor Center/Park Office. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Join us in "mulching the mountain" during this special volunteer day. Help beautify the park, increase visitor accessibility, and decrease stormwater runoff and erosion by transporting and spreading mulch around the day use area. Free park entry for volunteers. Meet at the Interp Center. Groups welcome but please pre-register with the park manager. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Friends of CCSP General Membership Meeting
4th Thursday of Month 6 PM - 7 PM from Jan 26, 2017 until Oct 26, 2017 
Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park is a non-profit organization consisting of community volunteers. The Friends of CCSP help manage and protect the park's natural resources, coordinate and implement special events, and maintain all trails in the park. Learn more at this regular monthly meeting held at the Group Shelter. All are welcome. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Evening Program
Fridays 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM – Mar 3, 2017 until Nov 24, 2017 
Learn about the natural or cultural history of your favorite state park during this evening presentation with the park ranger. Topics vary each week. Grab a copy of the weekend program flyer for specifics. Program takes place at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Coffee and Critters
Saturdays 9 AM - 10:15 AM – Mar 4, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Grab your coffee mug and bring the kids or family down to the Interpretive Center for this interactive morning program focusing on park wildlife. Coffee and breakfast rolls available for free. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Rock Talk and Stroll
Saturdays 10:30 AM - 12 PM – Mar 4, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Tuesdays 10:30 AM - 12 PM – Mar 7, 2017 until Apr 11, 2017 
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.
Orienteering 101 or Tie the Knot
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – Mar 4, 2017 until Sep 16, 2017 
The orienteering program occurs on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and introduces you to map and compass reading - never get lost in the woods again! The Tie the Knot program occurs on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month and will teach you basic knots for use when camping. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Waterfall Workout
Saturdays 4 PM - 6 PM – Mar 4, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Get your Saturday afternoon workout on and discover the park's wild waterfalls during this ranger-led hike. Learn about park hydrology and other natural features of the park while completing this strenuous hike. This two-mile out and back hike involves 1200 total stair steps and 750 feet of elevation gain. Drinking water required. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Soak It In
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – Mar 4, 2017 until Nov 25, 2017 
Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park's best kept secrets. 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. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Hidden Gem
Mountain Bike Hike
Sundays 9 AM - 11:30 PM – Mar 5, 2017 until Nov 26, 2017 
Tuesdays 2 PM - 4:30 PM – Mar 7, 2017 until Apr 11, 2017 
Singletrack, contour line trails, loops, jumps: explore the Five Points Recreation Area and Cloudland Connector Trail corridor on mountain bike with the park naturalist. Helmets required. Program recommended for ages 13 to adult. Bring water and a snack. Mountain bikes available for rental from the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia
The Ways of the Whitetail
Sundays 2 PM - 2:30 PM – Mar 5, 2017 until Sep 24, 2017 
To many people, observing a white-tailed deer in the woods represents the essence of nature. Learn all about this common critter of the park during this interactive program with the park naturalist. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Spring Breaker Day Camp
Mondays 10 AM - 4 PM – Mar 6, 2017 until Apr 10, 2017 
Children ages 6-12 are invited to attend this interactive day camp with the park ranger. Meanwhile, parents can relax back at camp or go on a hiking date! Camp activities will include nature hikes, arts and crafts, outdoor games, fishing, and more. Pre-registration required at the Visitor Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Meet Your State Park Staff: Park Management 101
Tuesdays 7:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Mar 7, 2017 until Apr 11, 2017 
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a park ranger? Are you curious to know how parks are staffed and managed? Learn all about the inner workings of a state park during this evening slide presentation with the park superintendent. Program takes place in the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Star Party: After Dark in Your State Park
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 9 PM to 10:30 PM
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Come see the wonders of the night sky through the lens of telescopes. Highlights will include planets, this month's constellations, and several deep sky objects. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park and conducted by the Barnard Astronomical Society. Meet at the disc golf course parking lot. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Earth Day Tree Planting
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Happy Earth Day! Volunteer, be green, and gain free entry into the park by assisting staff and Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park in planting new trees around the day-use areas of the park. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting a bit dirty. Groups are welcome, but please pre-register with the park manager. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Mountain Arts & Craft Celebration
10 AM - 5 PM from May 13, 2017 until May 14, 2017 
Save the date for this festival involving over 100 top quality arts and crafts vendors from across the region. Music, poetry, children's activities, and mouth-watering meals and snacks will also be available.  $2-$5 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Cloudland Canyon Chautauqua: A Day of Learning, Nature, and History
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 8 AM to 8 PM
Save the date for this day-long, open-to-all, first-ever conference spotlighting the natural and cultural history of northwest Georgia. This adult-focused event will include presentations on park history, the American chestnut, red wolf conservation, Cherokee heritage, historical rural churches of Georgia, and more. Click for more info.  $25 per person $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Catfish Rodeo
8 AM - 2 PM from Sep 2, 2017 until Sep 4, 2017 
Come on down to the catfish pond and go fishing for the first weekend of the catch 'n' keep season. Fishing poles, bait, and lessons available from the park naturalist. All skill levels and ages welcome for this informal program. Partake in this popular American pastime.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Your State Parks Day - Cloudland Canyon
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 12:30 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 Fun: Hayrides and More
Saturdays 12 PM - 6 PM – Sep 30, 2017 until Nov 11, 2017 
The whole family will enjoy a tractor-drawn hayride through the beautiful fall foliage. Hayride admission includes family fun activities such as games, temporary tattoos, bubbles, and coloring. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Meet at the disc golf course parking lot. Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park event. $5 parking. 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
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road
Rising Fawn, GA 30738 View Details

Cloudland Canyon State Park