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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.
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:

March–November, Thursday–Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
December–February, Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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
• 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 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

Cloudland Canyon State Park Business Plan

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Canyon Climbers Club

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Events
Rock Talk and Stroll
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
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.
Nature Arts 'n Crafts
Saturdays 1 PM - 3 PM – May 7, 2016 until May 27, 2017 
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
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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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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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. Meet at the Interpretive Center.  $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
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. Cloud cover cancels the event. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Bat Conservation in Georgia
Friday, May 13, 2016 8 PM to 9:30 PM
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. Meet at the campfire outside the Interpretive Center. $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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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, 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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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, 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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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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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
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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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
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.
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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Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to spend a week hiking, fishing, geocaching, learning outdoor skills, and having fun in nature. Many activities will be completed from the Georgia State Parks Junior Ranger Activity Book, and at the end of the week, each camper will become an official Georgia State Parks Junior Ranger. Lunches are included.  $60 for the week. 706-657-4050.
Go Fishing, Get Outdoors
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
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
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 
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 http://lulalake.org/.  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 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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