Cloudland Canyon State Park
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Introduction

Cloudland Canyon State Park is an alluring and magnificent park in Rising Fawn, Georgia. Spanning across 3,538 acres in the southern part of Dade County, Cloudland Canyon State Park is situated on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, overlooking with all its grandeur and majesty. The park showcases many of the varieties of landscapes the earth has to offer including giant caves, thick forests, sandstone cliffs, vast canyons, cascading creeks, and the striking diversity of wildlife.

The park provides plenty of options for recreation including hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking on the miles of long scenic trails. You can also enjoy golfing on the 18-hole disc course, exploring giant caves, angling, picnicking, and much more. The park is also abounding with exciting camping opportunities featuring cottages, yurts, primitive camping sites, and lodges. RV campers are also well taken care of as the park offers 72 sites that are perfect for RVs since they feature electric and water hookups. The most ideal seasons to visit the park are summer, spring, and fall, but the park is open for nature lovers and RV campers throughout the year, including during snowy winters too. The park usually is bustling with various events occurring throughout the year like marathons, First Day Hikes, and Adventure Weekends.

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Transportation in Cloudland Canyon State Park

Driving

It is easy to access the park by car or RV. From Dade County, it takes less than 20 minutes to reach the park via US-11 Street and GA-136 E. Maps or GPS can be a great help if you get stuck. The park is located near the state of Tennessee. It takes no more than two-and-a-half hours to reach Rising Fawn, Georgia from Nashville, Tennessee by taking Interstate 24 E Highway.

While inside the park, moving from one site to another is made easier with the help of maps that are available at the gift shop. A comfort station providing hair dryers, washers, and more is located near the park entrance. A bath house is centrally located in the campground.

Numerous parking options are scattered throughout the park including near the entrance, campgrounds, and picnic area. The parking lots are spacious enough to accommodate large RVs as well. There are no strict driving rules to follow while inside the park, but a driving license and a park pass are mandatory to drive on the park roads. ATVs are not permitted inside the park, but golf carts are permitted on the park roads, just not on the hiking trails.

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Campgrounds and parking in Cloudland Canyon State Park

Campsites in Cloudland Canyon State Park

Reservations camping

Lookout Mountain / Chattanooga West KOA

Visit the amazing Appalachian Mountains, near historic Lookout Mountain and beautiful downtown Chattanooga both just a few minutes drive away. Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga West KOA is situated on 37 acres of wooded native Appalachian forest, with gorgeous mountain views in every direction. Most sites are shaded, so you can really relax and enjoy your time. Wi-Fi is included with your stay! Kids of all ages can cool down in the saltwater, freeform pool, and the younger crowd can play on the giant jumping pad. There’s even a dog park for the pooch. Other on-site amenities include restroom and laundry facilities, hiking trails, and a grocery/supply store.

The Campground at Cloudland Canyon State Park

At Cloudland Canyon State Park, camping options are immense, ranging from cottages to lodges and from primitive to hookup campsites. There are also a lot of yurts, backcountry campsites, as well as group campsites. There is a total of 72 sites that can accommodate RVs, and they feature 20 and 30 amp electric hookups and water hookups. No sewer hookups are available, but modernly built, well maintained, and clean restrooms featuring showers and flush toilets are scattered throughout the park. Dump stations are also provided. Each campsite offers picnic tables, stone campfire rings, and grills. There are generally no restrictions on RV or trailer length, but most pads are up to 50 feet long. Other than standard RV sites, 16 cottages, 30 walk-in campsites, four pioneer campsites, and a group lodge are also available. 16 fascinating yurts are also up for hire. Sites and cottages for handicapped are also available but are limited in number. There are a limited number of pet-friendly cottages and campsites as well. Smoking and alcohol consumption are prohibited and pets must be on leash at all times. There is no availability of wi-fi, but mobile communication is supported. There are quiet hours instituted throughout the park at night and any noise making instrument must not be used between these hours.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

There are no first-come, first-served campgrounds at this state park.

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Seasonal activities in Cloudland Canyon State Park

In-Season

Playing Outdoor Sports

You can play a number of sports at Cloudland Canyon State Park including golf, tennis, and fishing. Bring in a little gaming fun to your RV camping trip by either playing a round of golf in the park’s well-built and regularly maintained 18-hole disc golf course, or you can make use of the park’s excellent tennis court to exhibit your wonderful skills or maybe learn the sport a little bit. There is also a fishing pond at the park which is well-stocked with catfish from Labor Day until the end of December. The most wonderful part is that you don’t need any fishing license.

Picnicking

If you are seeking picnic pleasure, you will surely enjoy outdoor excursions in the scenic views of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Featuring picnic tables, firewood, and grills, Cloudland Canyon’s picnic areas will definitely get a top-class rating from you. There are a total of six picnic shelters, as well as a group shelter that can accommodate up to 175 people. Your kids can play wholeheartedly on a nearby playground.

Taking Cave Tours

Wholly engaging and absolutely exciting, Cloudland Canyon State Park’s cave tours are the height of adventure and thrill. A private company offers cave tours for adventure lovers coming in groups or alone. Their tours are absolutely family-friendly. The park opens its wild, majestic caves for exploratory visits only for the months of April, June, July, September, and October. The caves of Cloudland Canyon have the tendency to cast a spell on you with their enchanting limestone structures, slippery rocks, gorgeous rooms, and a breathtaking underground river. These exploratory tours take you on spectacular adventures where you slide through a slope, crawl through the mud, and float through the river. Kids under the age of 6 and pets are not allowed on the tour.

Off-Season

Horseback Riding and Mountain Biking

Cloudland Canyon State Park’s hiking trails offer much more than the traditional hiking pleasures. You can ride on a horse or ride a mountain bike through the sheer gorgeous terrains of the park while simultaneously soaking in all the beauty the viewpoints have to offer. The newly built 5 Points Recreation Area, which was formerly a coal mining site, and the Cloudland Connector Trail specifically offer the delights of mountain biking and horseback riding. Bikes can be rented from the park, but in order to enjoy horseback riding, you have to bring your own horse.

Hiking

There are no shortage of hiking trails in Cloudland Canyon State Park. You can hike to your heart’s desire in Cloudland Canyon’s easy, strenuous, and moderately strenuous trails. The easiest trail is the Overlook Trail, which is only one mile long and best suited for novices or those who want to soak in the beauty of the park’s rugged canyons and thick woodlands. The Meadowlands Trail and Two-Mile Backcountry Loop Trail are moderately strenuous, with the former offering views of the golf course and the fishing pond, while the latter feasts hikers with the stunning spectacles of the campsites covered in hemlock and oak groves. The five-mile long West Rim Loop Trail, rated as one of the top ten trails in US, offers views of the Cloudland Canyon and is also moderately strenuous. The two-mile Waterfalls Trail transitioning into Cherokee and Hemlock Falls and the six mile Sitton’s Gulch Trail following the Waterfalls Trail are both considered strenuous. So make sure you pack those hiking boots in your camper to get started on one of these spectacular trails.

Touring the Waterfalls

There is an abundance of drop-dead gorgeous views in Cloudland Canyon State Park. Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls are two of them. Deep down in the vastness of the canyon, Cherokee Falls flows to the left and Hemlock Falls cascades to the right side of the gorge. There is a striking similarity between both the falls, but Cherokee Falls is a little deeper towards the bottom. Also, Cherokee Falls is considered more ideal for photography because of its vast area. Winter and spring are considered the most suitable times to visit and photograph them.

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