Cloudland Canyon State Park

Cloudland Canyon State Park

Cloudland Canyon State Park
4.5
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • C Young
    Orange, Connecticut27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great camping!
    Been to numerous parks over the past few decades and this one stands out for its beautiful location on top of lookout Mtn ridge, large well spread out tent campsites, and meticulous maintenance. Far from “glamping,” we stayed on in a Pioneer lean to site that had potable water spigot nearby and an outhouse should you prefer that to the trees. No electricity. . A 4 min drive got you to a bathroom in the camper area with warm showers, toilets, and a washer and dryer. At the site, couldn’t see or hear any other campers… a fantastic quiet woods experience. Campfires, hiking, cave exploring, frisbee/disc golf. A fantastic place for camping as rugged as you want with the car still nearby. Loved it!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Maps48095688203
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing campground and hiking trails
    The campground is great! We had full hook up at our site. Campsite 16 is in a beautiful setting! We went on 4 hikes and were amazed by the beauty here! Cherokee Falls, Bear Creek, the East and West Rim hikes were great! We watched a sunset from the West Rim trail, absolutely gorgeous
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Ali
    Osprey, Florida353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Head into the Clouds!
    My husband and I drove up the Lookout Mountain Parkway from Mentone, Al (we rented a cabin in this cute little town) and made sure we stopped at Cloudland Canyon State Park along the way. The park only charges $5 per car to visit and the lady that checked us in was so nice and full of wonderful tips. If you don’t have a ton of time (like us) for your visit, I would recommend walking the Overlook Trail (so easy to walk and so pretty to see) and the waterfall trails. There are two waterfalls to see, but we choose only to visit the Cherokee Waterfall. There are 200 stairs down to this particular waterfall, but to see the other waterfall, you must walk down an additional 400 stairs. The Cherokee waterfall was so beautiful and felt like a dream! You must climb over rocks to get to the pool that the waterfall dumps into. Everyone was hanging on the rocks, with their feet in the water. Your not allowed to swim, but you can sit on the rocks and feel the mist hit your face, as the sun shines down into the canyon. The water was cool (maybe 70 degrees) and the waterfall was impressive. Make the stop…I promise it’s worth the visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • scott
    Hendersonville, Tennessee59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such an amazing place, you MUST visit and explore!
    We stayed in the West Rim Campground and i love the way it's laid out. Site 34 has multi levels, one for the camper, one which could be a sitting or tent area, and one for the firepit. It backs up to woods but also has an open area that you could play numerous games (cornhole, football, frisbee etc) It also has a picnic table, grill and fire ring (all were in amazing shape). We purchased firewood from the visitor center but you can also purchase from camp host. Currently it's $6 a bundle and they keep it in a cute little outhouse looking storage building lol. It is a very clean, well maintained and quiet (while we were there) campground. If you are even slightly considering staying here, just go ahead and book it. It's an amazing campground surrounded by an equally amazing State Park.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2024
  • thefamily3
    Lafayette, Indiana395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely love this park !!
    Have been here twice camping and hiking and would go over and over again! The view from the trails is like your in heaven . Amazing from no matter where your hiking. I could sit for hours and just look out over the canyon it changes by the minute. The campground is nice and has laundry . The visitor center has a little bit of everything. My only wish would be to hang glide the canyon!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Brian C
    Malabar, Florida53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chattanooga Highlight
    My wife and I hiked to see the waterfalls. This was the highlight of our trip to the Chattanooga area. We started on the Sitton Gulch trail and went up to Cherokee Falls. It was amazing!!! We were in no rush, so it took us about 4 hours round trip. There were a lot of steps around Cherokee and Hemlock Falls, but it wasn't too bad.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Jen S
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING!
    Beautiful park! Only $5 to get in. We only had time to do the overlook trail and both of the waterfalls Trails to Cherokee falls and Hemlock falls, but it was amazing! Be prepared for some steps though. It was a total of 1200 there and back. The next time we are in the area, we intend to come back and do more of the longer trails. It even looks like they have a really nice campground down there as well. Definitely happy that we found this little gem. 💗
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2024
  • Yea W
    Houston, Texas179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult hike
    Beautiful state park. The hike to visit the falls were strenuous with all those stairs and rocks. I went to both Cherokee and hemlock falls (lots of stairs). My opinion, the falls aren't worth all those stairs, it was ok. Restrooms were very clean
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 1, 2024
  • travelgirl315
    Canton, Georgia1,482 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the stairs!
    Beautiful area with great trails and camping/glamping available. The waterfall hikes are mostly stairs with landing and some benches for rest (you will need it). The overlook at the top is just gorgeous. Cherokee falls was the nicer of the 2 and much closer if you don't want to go all the way down to Hemlock. Listed as strenuous but you can take your time. If you don't have a problem with stairs, you'll be fine!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 14, 2024
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Jeanne T
Fayetteville, GA39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Don't expect to see any Waterfalls or even Rivers flowing on the trails at this park. We were not advised of this by the Park Staff. We had to park a mile away by the Disc Golf and walk down to the Trail head for the Waterfalls . And we were camping in the park. The reason for this was all the Day visitors they were letting in. It was crazy with people on the trails. The only thing that the Park staff cared about was how much money they were collecting per car. Never have I seen so many people. The campground it self has run down. The grass was high. Trash on the grounds. The Bathhouse in the West Rim by the playground and site 3 was in despair. The locks and Shower heads were rusted and literally falling off. The people coming in were using the campground for a big party headquarters while they sent there kids to the playground to trash and destroy it. And no one did anything about it . Time to move on. We have been camping here since 2010. This was our last trip.

Written September 9, 2020
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Greg N
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
My family and I visited on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. We arrived at about 9:45 am. Parking was $5. We found a parking spot easily and began our hike to view the waterfalls. If you go now, you need to get there early. They were turning people away at the entrance at noon when we left. Due to virus concerns, there was nothing open in the park except the bathrooms.

The hike down to the falls was not difficult, but coming back would be difficult for someone in poor health. The incline is steep with lots of stairs.

The steps to the falls were not good for pet owners. I saw lots of people carrying their dogs on the stairs, and there were LOTS of steps. The steps are metal with medium size rectangles forming the treads. (Picture a waffle, but with rectangles, not squares.) The metal rectangles that formed the treads were about 4" long by 1" wide. The borders of the rectangles were about a quarter of an inch in thickness. The size of dogs' feet do not fit well there at all. If you take a small dog, you will need to carry it most of the time. Your dog of any size really needs to stay in the car.

There are cabins, tent spaces, and camper spacing available for renting. I saw a sign letting visitors know that the park rents Yerts too. If you are camping, this will give you something to do in addition to seeing the falls. If you are going only for the falls, you can get in and out in about 90 minutes.

The park is in rural Georgia where towns are not closely located to each other. There are no shops or restaurants anywhere nearby.

Last thing...there is no cell reception there.
Written May 24, 2020
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Elsa C. L.
New York City, NY4,815 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Overlook 1 is certainly a beautiful sight after a short hike between easy and moderate effort for seniors. Overlook 2 is not as picturesque but also nice and an easy hike.
Hemlock Falls is definitely the PRIZE to see and listen to after HUNDREDS of steps down the mountain to the floor of the canyon. Needless to say this hike is of moderate difficulty. It is without doubt worth it to experience!
Parts of the trail could be muddy.
All those natural wonders to please your senses for an entry fee per vehicle of $5. Thank you to the State of Georgia for the trail and SP Staff👏!

We skipped the trail to Cherokee Falls and the West Rim trail because we didn’t want to stretch our mid-60s knees too much.
Written March 31, 2023
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nicolediane
Atlanta, GA729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A visit in early April after heavy rains turned out to be a good time to see the waterfalls. They were really going strong and you could see them from the canyon rim because the leaves weren't out on the trees yet. There is a nice visitor center. The picnic area is pretty. We walked along the rim trail.
Written April 11, 2022
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redneck2
Forsyth, GA85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went here for a weekend trip. What a great place!! Who knew we had this kind of place right here in Georgia. We stayed in one of the cabins at the park. Walked into the canyon to see the falls. The cabin was almost new and very clean with all the necessary items for your stay. You could bring stuff to cook if you want but there all several great places to eat close by. You can also go into Chatt. Tenn to see the sights, it is only abut 10 min. away on interstate 59. Would recommend this to everyone, probably would need to watch small children very carefully at this park.
Written March 22, 2020
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Kat Lyles
White, GA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Cloudland Canyon is a beautiful place to visit. The view from the edge of the canyon is breathtaking. The view alone is worth the trip. The park does get crowded on weekends. There's a decent amount of parking, but you'll have a hike just getting from some of the parking spaces to the beginning of the trail. Trails go around the rim of the canyon and down into the canyon. The trail is narrow in most places and in a time when people are trying to social distance from others, this can be a problem. Steps take you down into the canyon - it's a lot of steps. Going down isn't so bad, but coming back up is challenging. There are 2 waterfalls at the bottom (trail splits part of the way down as waterfalls are in different directions). Unfortunately when I was there, the waterfalls were only trickles even though it had just rained a good bit about a week prior. There is a gulch trail through the bottom of the canyon that leads to another parking lot and tail head. The scenery along both the canyon rim and along the bottom is beautiful but the hiking is not for the weak of heart. I also would not recommend hiking down in the canyon with children under the age of 8 or 10 as it is a strenuous hike. Beware of falling rocks and trees while hiking. There was evidence of rock falls on the steps (crushed and mangled steps in several places) and while we were hiking the gulch, a tree on the opposite side came toppling down, sliding down the canyon wall and taking down several other trees in its way. It was a sight to see.

The park itself has lots of picnic tables and open spaces where you could lay a blanket for picnic. The campground looks nice - very much like any other campground I've seen in the state park system.
Written November 2, 2020
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Eli C
Atlanta, GA139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Drove up here from Atlanta, on a mild May afternoon, Beautiful Drive up here, would definitely reccommend, only about a 1.5-2 hr drive northwest of Atlanta, in far Northwest Georgia. At first the park ranger would not let us in because of social distancing guidelines, but after about an hour of waiting they finally let us in to the park, worth the wait, one of the prettiest state parks in North Georgia. The Overlook is only a short walk from the parking lot, and offers spectacular views of the Canyon. There are several longer trails leading to waterfalls that you can hike to.The park is fairly expansive, yurts are available for camping, and there is primitive camping as well. Everything is great here, I would reccommend planning ahead, and either come very early or after 4:00, because due to Social Distancing Orders, only a certain number of people are allowed in,and during the middle of the day I would guess, is more crowded.
Written June 23, 2020
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Amy H
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
We had a wonderful time at this RV park. The state park itself is gorgeous, with hiking and waterfalls, and beautiful scenery. We stayed with our RV in the West Rim campground and the spaces are big and private. Looking out the back of our RV we had very nice scenery of the trees and felt secluded, with no one behind us. The campground is quite and well kept. We would highly recommend staying at this campground, and if we were ever in this area again would book here without hesitation.
Written November 2, 2020
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Jonathan R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Not suitable for tent camping.

We arrived to find our entire campsite was recently surfaced with large, sharp rocks. I use a ground cloth to protect my tent. I placed it on the rock covered tent pad and the rocks punched through it as soon as I stepped on it. No way my tent would survive there. Campground staff could not offer another site, would not refund my full reservation cost.

My two kids were sad that we had to turn around and go home after the two and a half hour drive there.

Don't camp in a tent at Cloudland Canyon until this if fixed.
Written July 6, 2023
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jpete02
Lansing, MI887 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Had a beautiful spring day in late March, which certainly helped our experience. Only five dollars to enter (day pass) and wasn’t crowded on a weekday.

Main thing to see here is a large canyon on the west side of Lookout Mountain and there a several waterfalls that require a little bit of hiking. Canyon overlooks are easy to get to from the parking lot.

From the top of the canyon overlook you can see the top of Cherokee Falls (at least in the Spring) and a seasonal 100 foot fall on the cliff opposite the west rim.

If you have the time, try to see the waterfalls on the waterfall trail (trail starts near the interpretive center). Although the waterfall trail is not long, it will take a couple of hours to see them all because of the elevation change.

To the left in the waterfall trail is Cherokee Falls, which is the less strenuous to get to. Beautiful pool sits below a 50 foot fall. To the right is Hemlock Falls, which requires about a 400 step decline into the canyon and is taller than Cherokee. Also, has a large boulder in the pool below.

After seeing these falls, highly recommend continuing about 200 yards across the bridge on the Sutton Gulch Trail. There is a beautiful double waterfall, plus a another smaller waterfall on this trail. Not sure why this is not marked as part of the waterfall trail.

Bathrooms at interpretive center parking lot and small bathroom at visitors center.
Written March 30, 2023
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