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.
Great place for family and hanging with friends. The east and west wings of the park aren’t for weak. The stairs leading down to the falls are a real challenge getting back up to the top. Regardless of the challenges, this is truly amazing, the views and wild blueberry bushes, different types of wildlife, is worth it all.
We didn't have a ton of time to spend at Cloudland Canyon and only stayed 1 night but we loved the walk-in sites! It's a good alternative to drive up sites that are often very close together.
There was a wooden tent pad, picnic table, and campfire ring. Watch your food, a raccoon almost grabbed what we were cooking!
We used this as a base camp to explore the many trails near Chattanooga, but there seemed like there was a lot to do at this park by itself -- hiking, cave tours, and great views.
Really peaceful even when it rained the entire time…
Hiking down to the falls was pretty darn tough, but there are actually stairs to climb rather than scrambling over rocks and roots. At first I felt like I was cheating by using the stairs, but believe me, you want to use them but the time you have to climb back up. The park is beautifully maintained and the views are absolutely stunning!
West Rim highly recommended. The East Rim sites are right next to each other with very few trees. Great hikes. Read a longer review with lots of photos on the link. https://imaginecamper.com/2018/03/02/cloudland-canyon-state-park/
Great hiking with 3 waterfslls Beautiful setting on Lookout Mountain. The campgrounds are well maintained & the restrooms are clean.
this is my families favorite camp spot near chattanooga. the playground at the west rim is awesome and the westrim trail head is in the camp ground.
Been going there since i was a kid. Breath taking view!
Outside Trenton, Ga, off of I59 Cloudland Canyon State Park has the views!
The West Rim trail was not super difficult but lots of roots and rocks, so watch your step. Plenty of overlook opportunities, the main overlook is at the Interpretive Center. Bear Creak is a back country 7+ mile adventure, check in before you go. There are several other shorter trails including a waterfall Trail. Then there's 5 Points Recreation Area which has bike, horse and hiking trails.
There are cabins, yurts, RV camping, back country sites and walk in tent sites, BUT reserve early! Friendly helpful staff have taken good care of the maintenance of the camping areas and the trails.
I liked the walkin campsite. It was far enough away from the other sites to not be disturbed, had connector trails to other areas of the park and a stream nearby. Plenty of room for more then one tent or hammocks and a picnic table and fire ring.
I love the seclusion of the campsites here. Plus, they are so convenient to hiking…just hike from your site directly into the mountain trails! The bathouse is outdated and smell very strongly of chemical odor. It's easy to ignore because the park is so beautiful. Beware of parking; I got a warning ticket for parking in the wrong area.
Love the tent-only serenity of the walk-in sites. There is a separate parking lot at the back of the park for the walk-in sites, which are a short distance away (easy to haul your gear). The sites have a tent pad, picnic table and fire ring, and lots of privacy as the sites are very far from each other. The bath house has showers and running hot water. the long hike around the canyon and down into it provided amazing views! I'm always thrilled to find camping areas where I can have the convenience of my car-but can avoid the noise of RVs - and you definitely get that here!