One of Georgia’s most prominent parks located on Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon State Park is home to thousand-foot deep canyons, waterfalls, dense woodland, cascading creeks, sandstone cliffs, and wild caves. Visitors flock there, especially during warm summer months because it is one of the most picturesque sites you can ever lay eyes on.
A trip to Cloudland Canyon is not complete if you don’t bring a camera. You would not want to miss taking countless photos for posterity and joining the annual photo contest. There are many miles of prime backpacking and hiking trails that blanket the park’s terrain.
Hike the canyon’s east and west rims, and you will witness gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Being in the paths allows you the chance to peer into the steep-walled and dark floor below. Some of the most favorite hiking spots are the short Overlook Trail, the moderate West Rim Loop Trail, and the strenuous Waterfalls Trail.
Mountain biking is a pursuit available at the newly developed Five Points Recreation Area, as well as along the Cloudland Connector Trail. There is a fishing pond, an 18-hole disc golf course, wild caves open for tours during selected months of the year, trails for horseback riding, picnic grounds, a fishing pond, and several interpretive programs.
Those who would like to experience the state park overnight can choose from various spaces. There are quirky yurts, fully-equipped cottages, as well as many different camping and backpacking options. The canyon has a sublime beauty during winter as the stunning and frosty views seems surreal. Local service guides offer hikes, as well as cave tours for friends and families.
Groups will benefit from caving trips, as well as people who want some adventure. There are various tours offered throughout the year which require reservations. The Cloudland Canyon State Park is pet-friendly and welcomes pooches of all sizes, as long as they stay on leash and are cleaned up after. Remember to bring scooper bags!