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.
Highly recommend the primitive campsites at cloudland canyon, though does require a .5-1.5 mile hike-in to sites, so be prepared to carry your gear if the closest spots are already taken. Most of the sites are near a small creek, perfect for camping. Sites are more remote, but you can really enjoy your privacy as the sites are situated pretty far from each other. Though, there is one trail haleading in and out so when we were there, lots of day hike folks and other campers would walk on the trail near the sites (some of the primitive sites are farther from the trail and others are next to the trail). Great if you want to get away for the weekend!
My boyfriend and I stayed at one of the Primitive camping spots. We hiked about a mile into the woods and got to pick which site we wanted. It had an outhouse and a fire pit but everything else was on your own. Great first time experience and lots of pretty falls and trails to check out during the day. I was so sad to leave.
This is one of the few state parks in Georgia that offers yurts and the price is reasonable, making this a neat cool weather camping destination if glamping is more your style. Breath taking views that sort of make you wonder if you are still in Georgia.
This campground offers hiking trails to gorgeous waterfalls and views. There is a nice camp store and the staff is friendly and helpful. The campsites are first come first serve, but we happened upon a private site. The bathrooms were clean and the park is well-maintained. We look forward to going back again and swimming near the waterfalls when it is hot enough.
This is one park where the campsites are spaced out perfectly. Most of the time you will not see another person unless you walk to them. I’ve gone with and without a dog and always had a great time. The canyon isn’t too bad either.
Cloudland Canyon is one of the most popular state parks in Georgia and for good reason. The breath taking views from the rim are gorgeous at anytime of year The waterfalls a great to cool off in during the summer and are a spectacle to behold during the cooler months. There are also plenty of trails to explore, some tracing the perimeter of the canyon, and others diving deep into its depths. This Park makes a great place for a picnic, a family fun day, or even some Disc Golf with some friends. After a long day of fun, visitors can camp out over night. They have yurts, pioneer camping, RV camping, and back country camping. The back country campsites are located on a easy 2 mike loop, long enough to feel secluded and embrace nature, but close enough to have access to whatever you need. the sites themselves are fairly spread out with plenty of space cleared for tents, hammocks, or whatever else visitors might set up. They each have a wooden picnic table and a couple fire pits with logs to sit on when enjoy the fire. All in all, this place has it all and I would highly recommend this location to anyone looking for a quick getaway.
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/