Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd.
Rising Fawn , GA 30738
Canyon State Park is a 3,485 acre Georgia state park
located near Trenton and Cooper Heights on the western edge of
Lookout Mountain. One of the largest and most scenic parks in
Georgia, it contains rugged geology, and offers visitors a range of
vistas across the deep gorge cut through the mountain by Sitton
Gulch Creek, where the elevation varies from 800 to over 1,800 feet.
Views of the canyon can be seen from the picnic area parking lot, in
addition to additional views located along the rim trail. At the
bottom of the gorge two waterfalls cascade across layers of
sandstone and shale, ending in small pools below.
The park, previously known as Sitton Gulch, was purchased in
stages by the state of Georgia beginning in 1938. A project of
Civilian Conservation Corps built the first facilities and signs in
the park, which opened the following year. Today the park features a
variety of campsites, cabins, hiking and recreational activities.
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
Cloudland Canyon was designated a
state park in 1939 when the state began acquiring land from private
owners. Three of these owners, from the Mathews, McCauley and McKaig
families, still reside in the area. Expansion of the park continues
sporadically as new land becomes available. The park was originally
1,924 acres, and has been expanded to its present size of 3,485
Until 1939 the only access to the area was through Tennessee or
Alabama, however that year Georgia began work on Highway 136 to
connect U.S. 41 to the recently created park. The Civilian
Conservation Corps did much of the early work to construct the state
park and access roads.
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.
Overnight guests can choose from cottages near the canyon edge, a
modern campground and spacious, walk-in tent sites. Backpackers can
enjoy camping in a hemlock grove on the 2-mile Backcountry Loop.
ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
- 3,485 Acres
- 16 Cottages ($125-$145) -- #6 and #7 are dog friendly ($40
per dog, max 2)
- 72 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites* ($25-$28)
- 30 Walk-in Campsites ($15)
- 11 Backcountry Campsites ($6/person)
- 5 Picnic Shelters ($40)
- 1 Group Shelter (seats 175, $130)
- Pioneer Campground ($50)
- Group Lodge (sleeps 40, $205)
- Gift Shop
- * NOTICE: Walk-in camping and the West Rim water/electric
campsites are closed December through February. East Rim
water/electric campsites are open year-round.)
THINGS TO DO & SEE:
- Hiking - 5-mile West Rim Loop, 2-mile Waterfalls Trail,
2-mile Backcountry Loop, 6.5-mile Sitton's Gulch Trail and
5.6-mile Long Branch Trail, Canyon Climbers Club
($3, annual pass available)
- Fishing -- Catfish pond is closed until Labor Day Weekend.
Located on Ga. Route 136, 8 miles east of Trenton and I-59, and
18 miles west of LaFayette.