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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» 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
• 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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Friends Membership Meeting
Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
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, Oct 28, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Friday, Nov 25, 2016 5 PM to 7 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.
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Wild Cave Tours
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 10 AM
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 10 AM
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. Reservations required.  $30-$60 plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Rock Talk and Stroll
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10:30 AM to 12 PM
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.
Fall Fun: Hayrides and More!
Saturdays 12 PM - 6 PM – Oct 29, 2016 until Nov 19, 2016 
The entire family will enjoy a tractor-drawn hayride through the beautiful fall foliage of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Hayride admission includes family fun such as games, temporary tattoos, bubble station, and coloring. Soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Hayrides take place on the hour from noon to 5 p.m.  $3 - $6 plus $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
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Why do leaves change color in autumn? What tree species can be found in the state park? Learn the answers to these questions and more during this interactive program involving approximately one mile of walking. Be prepared to identify leaves and enjoy the spectacular colors. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
Trail Maintenance
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
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
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road
Rising Fawn, GA 30738 View Details

Cloudland Canyon State Park