Supported by a local Friends chapter and 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 new yurts, 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. 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.
Cloudland Canyon State Park
Special Story - Faces of Friends
Caring for one of Georgia’s largest and most popular state parks is no small task but this hasn’t stopped Gary Holsted! Gary is a Friends volunteer at Cloudland Canyon State Park and has been tirelessly volunteering for the past seven years. As the longest serving Friends of Cloudland Canyon Board member, his service goes beyond meetings and fundraising. Gary has been the lead for the 60 miles of trails in the park and has made the park’s trails his passion. He works regularly to restore, build and maintain the park’s 30 miles...