Resting on the western edge of northwest Georgia’s Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon State Park is more than 3,000 acres—one of the state’s largest parks—of rugged geology, and offers visitors hiking, camping, rock climbing and more along the park’s most iconic feature: the deep gorge cut through the mountain (elevation varies from 800 to more than 1,800 feet!) by the Sitton Gulch Creek. Multiple waterfalls and cascades, including the uber-popular Hemlock Falls, can be found throughout the gorge, making this park feel like a hidden gem around Lookout Mountain.
Staring at the geographic anomaly isn’t the only thing to do at this park, however. Beyond the countless miles of hiking, biking and horse riding trails, geology fanatics can find rock climbing, rappelling and spelunking across the park—cave tours are even offered for beginning cave explorers at Sitton’s Cave.
The park holds a massive variety of camping options, including 72 spots suitable for both tent and RV campers, 30 walk-in sites, 13 dispersed sites, 16 cottages and 10 yurts, each in a different area of the park. With this many options, campers can find seclusion all around.
Stayed at site #21 which was about a 1/4 mile from the parking lot and bath house. There was also a short trail to the road which made loading/unlaoding gear easier than hiking it all in. Great camp site that had easy access to West Rim Loop trail. Camp site was large, nice fire pit with cooking grate, picnic table, and nice tent pad. Could not see any of our neighbors from our site but some of the other camp sites were closer to each other.
This park is fantastic if you are looking for views. The hike along the rim will take your breath away. The hike down the canyon is long and a bit strenuous, but at the bottom is a huge cave that can be explored a bit. Have help with you though, as the cave can be tricky to climb out of….and you will get muddy!
We arrived at this place and was taken on the views it has. The park had easy access and great cabins. The hikes to the waterfalls was challenging but well worth it. The campground store was great and friendly.
Absolutely beautiful waterfalls, fun activities, and clean camp sites.
We stayed in the East Rim Campground on site #63. The campground has clean bathroom and was very family friendly with a playground and little free library. There was a path to take you to a gorgeous lookout and the trail head. This trip we did the waterfall trail which is a 2 mile hike, it hasn’t rained a ton lately so the falls weren’t as flowing as I’m used to them being but still a gorgeous hike! I would recommend this campground if you enjoy hiking, there is also some good mountain biking near by.
Loved this campground and enjoyed all the trails…
Only been here a couple times when I lived in Chattanooga but I know it has awesome swimming holes, lookouts, and rocks to climb!
This park is kept up top-notch people all day long going around keeping each site clean as people leave the waterfalls are beautiful 700 steps 1000 foot down into a canyon hiking trails catfish pond great place
Great clean campground with awesome trails and easy access. Love the shade provided by the forest. Clean ablution facilities and friendly staff.
The walkin sites are amazing here! We had site number 21 and it had plenty of trees to hang our 4 hammocks. The west rim hike was nice and accessible from the campsite. It was in the 90s while we were there, but enjoyable under the shade of the trees. Rangers were super helpful with any questions we had. Bathrooms were ok at the walkin area, but not the best I've seen. The showers were hard to manage for my husband who is 6 ft. He said the shower head was at his chest and the stall was on the small side. Other than that, I have no complaints and would definitely go back. There were no mosquitoes when we went in July. The crickets are super loud when it gets dark. Drove around the west and east campgrounds too. The west have more privacy and tree coverage. the east is closer to the falls with less trees and more traffic through. The cabins looked super nice on the east side and the yurts were on the west side of the park. I would totally stay in the walkin sites again. We also visited nearby Lula Lake while we were there. They have certain weekends when they are open to the public. Hiking trails and more waterfalls to see.