Where: Cloudland Canyon can be easily searched on your phone’s map. It’s in the top northeastern corner of Georgia. 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd Rising Fawn, GA 30738-4324
Trail Length: Cloudland Canyon is a state park covering 3,488 acres. The trail to the waterfalls includes around 375 Stairs. I’ve tried to count each time we’ve been, but I forget what I’m doing and lose count every time.
How hard are we talkin’? How good are your knees? The walk down to the waterfalls is easy enough, but the trek back up is a leg burner. Take your time and rest when you have to. Thankfully, there are benches along the way. There are 64 miles of trails, so not every trail is this difficult. I mention this one specifically because you don’t want to miss it!
Can you swim there? You’re actually not supposed to. A park ranger got onto us for leaving the trail and walking down to the water, 20 feet below. They will also say something to you if you get in the water underneath the falls. So, in short, no swimming.
Any other details?
- Entrance to the park will set you back 5.00, but it’s worth that and more.
- Great views, camping, cabins, multiple trails, caves (reservations required) and there’s a wild back country that you can gain access to via a permit system.
- trails for mountain biking (18 miles)
- disc golf
- horseback riding
- Camping-tent and RV campsites, backcountry campsites, pioneer campsites, walk-in campsites
- Lodging-yurts, cabins, cottages
- 64 miles of hiking trails
- a strenuous waterfall trail with 600 stairs
- wild caves (wild, meaning no handrails, lights, and they have someone who is qualified to lead you on small group tours). Reservations are a must and it’s seasonal.
Park hours are 7am-10pm, unless you are spending the night.
Leave No Trace: If you decide to leave your trash lying around and someone catches you, you will get called out for it. The people of Grorgia care about their public lands! ❤