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 until August 1, 2017. Campers should note that the East Rim Campground may experience increased noise levels during this time due to construction work.
NOTICE: Within the next couple of months, Cloudland Canyon State Park will conduct a prescribed burn in a controlled area of the park. This burn will not impact park operations but will instead encourage the land to start healthy regrowth.

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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.

G3 Adventures 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
• 17 Cottages — #6 & #7 are dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 72 Campsites
• 30 Walk-in Campsites
• 10 Yurts
• 13 Backcountry Campsites
• 5 Picnic Shelters
• 1 Group Shelter (seats 175)
• Pioneer Campground
• Group Lodge (sleeps 40)
• Gift Shop/Camper Store

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking — 30 miles of trails
• Canyon Climbers Club
Wild Cave Tours & Guided Hikes with G3 Adventures
• Caving — experienced wild cavers only, caves open only in April, June, July, September & October, permits & reservations required
• 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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Creepy Crawlies of the Canyon
Sundays 2 AM - 3 PM – Apr 23, 2017 until May 7, 2017 
Spiders, milipedes, worms and beatles. Meet and touch some of these misunderstood creatures and learn what makes them important to any forest ecosystem in this interactive program at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 706-357-4050.
Beginner Mountain Bike Ride
Sundays 9 AM - 11:30 PM – Apr 23, 2017 until Nov 26, 2017 
Ever wanted to try out mountain biking? Already ride but want to go with some buddies? Come ride with the ranger on our user friendly trails. Helmets required. Program recommended for ages 13 to adult. Bring water and a snack. Mountain bikes available for rental from the Visitor Center.  $10 - $15. 706-657-4050.
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Wild Cave Tours
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 3 PM to 7 PM
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
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Explore the wild caves of Northwest Georgia with G3 Adventures! 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. Please visit for a full schedule and to make a reservation (required).  $30-$60 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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West Rim Walk
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Hike the West Rim with the park Naturalist and see the beautiful sights of Cloudland Canyon.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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Friends of CCSP General Membership Meeting
4th Thursday of Month 6 PM - 7 PM from Apr 27, 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. 706-657-4050.
Orienteering 101 or Knots So Fast
Saturdays 2 PM - 3 PM – Apr 29, 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.
Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point
Saturdays 5 PM - 9 PM – Apr 29, 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
Sitton's Gulch Hike
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 14, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Monday, May 29, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
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Hike like the locals & start at the bottom of the gulch & hike to the bottom of the falls. Go up 600 stairs, passing Hemlock & Cherokee Falls. Then, we will reward ourselves with a 3-mile hike downhill. Along the way, learn about the plants, animals, geology & history of the canyon. This is a moderate-strenuous 6-mile hike. Reservations required.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
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Star Party: After Dark in Your State Park
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 29, 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.
Trail Maintenance
2nd Saturday of Month 8:30 AM - 12 PM from May 13, 2017 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 706-657-4050.
Mountain Art & Craft Celebration
10 AM - 6 PM from May 13, 2017 until May 14, 2017 
This festival features more than 100 top-quality arts and crafts vendors showcasing pottery, painting, jewelry, wood carving, textile art, photography, rustic furniture and more. Food vendors will sell snacks and full meals. This event is a great chance to find the perfect gift for Mother's Day.  Adult $5, Child (2-12) $3 $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Junior Ranger Summer Camp
Monday, Jun 12, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
9 AM - 5 PM from Jun 12, 2017 until Jun 16, 2017 
Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to spend a week hiking, fishing, geocaching, learning outdoor skills and having fun in nature with the park naturalist. Camper registration begins May 1 at 8 a.m.  $70 for the week. 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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Fall Fun: Hayrides and More
Saturdays 12 PM - 6 PM – Sep 23, 2017 until Nov 4, 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.  $3 - $6 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
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.
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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