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This is our first time at the park and we love it! I would highly recommend staying on the west rim. You are really packed in on the east rim and it’s just off the entrance to the overlook so there’s a lot of activity throughout the day. The sites at the west rim are a little spread out so you will have some privacy. We stayed at site #8 and it was perfect. There’s one site to the right, site #9 and nothing but trees to the left. It’s not close to the bathroom so do not wait until the last minute if you have to go lol. Cheers!
On the Hiwassee River! There are lots of beautiful scenery, fishing, hiking to the Gee Creek falls, and floating down the river! If you get up early, you can walk out into the river, just be sure to watch for the water to rise! They let the dam open and it rises fast! Not far up the road, there are other places to go white water rafting, as well as hiking! The park rangers are awesome and are always eager to teach new things! The campground is great! Most of the sites are spaced apart well, so your not right up against your neighbors!
I’ve been here many many times Over the past 15-20 years. Grew up going here and been to many other state parks. This is by far the best experience I’ve ever had in GA. The views are gorgeous! The hikes are amazing! Has a nice disc golf course if that’s something you are interested in.
This is a 3,500 +/- acre State Park. It’s well maintained with nice amenities. The site seeing and hikes were great. The camp sites were mostly level and easy to access. We were parked next to an ADA site. Their was plenty of space between sites for privacy but not totally isolated that you were alone.
The bathrooms were clean and warm which is a plus for winter months. The staff was friendly and helpful.
The waterfalls were the best. The walking paths were well marked and maintained as well.
My brother and I booked several nights on the backcountry loop - the views were spectacular, and the campsite was awesome! The grounds are well taken care of, and no matter what kind of outdoor adventure you’re into, you’ll find it at Cloudland Canyon!
The only thing I do have to warn you about is the hiking path down to the waterfalls - I enjoy hiking, but stairs are hard for me due to some health problems. And there are a lot of them in this path.
Every time I come back to Grundy Forest I discover somewhere new. Quiet smaller campground right next to Foster Falls Trailhead. After you enjoy that hike make sure you check out Denny Cove further down Rt41. Denny Falls is a moderate hike along a rock face popular with climbers. Monteagle, Tn is nearby and has several awesome restaurants and store to check out.
Our criteria for a good campground was met at Cloudland:
Level sites– check
On-duty hosts– check (there were three in the west rim loop)
Clean bathrooms– check
Reasonable separation between sites– check
Wow, we were surprised when we arrived here at 2:30 pm on a Tuesday in November to find only four available campsites still available (out of 72), so I would recommend making reservations! This is our second Georgia state park, and both have been consistently good in terms of quality. The sites are all level with water and electric and gravel pads. Each site has a very large picnic table, lantern hook, bbq, and fire pit with a grate. Two of the sites in the west rim loop were clearly defined as ADA accessible. There are also 10 yurts and 16 cottages in the park.
Cloudland is a very large park with lots to do, including hiking, biking, fishing, caving, and disc golf. There is also a nice visitor center/store where you check-in. You can buy firewood at the visitor center or there was a number you could call to have it delivered to your campsite. The person checking us in was very friendly.
We appreciate a campground where you can directly access trails, and this automatically earns an extra star in my reviews. The West Rim campground has access to several trails (it did not look like direct access was available from the East Rim campground). The trails were very well marked with signs and blazes. We hiked to the two waterfalls, likely the most popular trail in the park. Note that there are 600 steps down to the bottom of the canyon to view the waterfalls (and 600 steps back up) and during droughts, the waterfalls can all but disappear. The All Trails app indicated they were dry a week before we were there but the recent significant rainfall just before we arrived had both falls flowing again.
The bathrooms/showers were clean although one shower looked a bit worn.
As with many other campgrounds, you will hear the mournful wail of the train whistle at times throughout the night, but it was not as loud at Cloudland as in other campgrounds where we have recently stayed.
Great place to go camping! Chris is very helpful, friendly and willing to show you around upon arriving. You will also be introduced to all his great dogs. After that you won’t be bothered unless you need help. Very beautiful wooded area with tons of privacy and plenty of room for everyone. There’s about 40 acres to walk around with an amazing river to walk along. I would highly recommended this place to anyone that doesn’t mind camping without amenities other then what you can bring for yourself.
Fort Mountain State Park We visited this park in early/mid November for 10 days. Keith and I hiked and played hard every day here- despite the early winter storm 🌨, gusty breezes 💨and freezing temperatures ❄️that finally gave way to beautiful crisp days☀️. The park is rich in history but we are not history buffs so we will leave you to get that info from your friend, Google. . 🥾The trails: Get a trail map!! These are awesome trails and varied trails with lots of elevation. The Gahuti is the most known hiking trail here and we never saw another hiker on the trail except each other when our solo hiking excursions crossed paths. The most popular trails here would be the trails to the CC C Tower and overlook and the “wall”- just know these are not easy hikes due to them going up hill. The most stroller/limited mobility friendly trails are the lake trail and the Cool Springs overlook. . Most of the trails except the Gahuti are multi use and there is a strong community of mountain biking here. We didn’t bike the trails here with our hybrid specialized bikes because we felt the trails (other than the lake trail and the park roads) to be too technical for us due to the major elevation changes, loose gravel and rocks. . *Sidenote .
- You do NOT need a permit or notify park office to hike the mountain bike trails anymore.
- If you hike a lot- be aware that some of the double blazes signaling trail split ahead actually already happened by the time you see the blaze. In addition, some trail signage is only on one side of trail or in one direction. (We are one of those couples that creates new hiking loops using existing trails so the signage was a little confusing at times.)
- The bike trails are not blazed. We suggest everyone wear a helmet not just the required 16 years and younger group.
⛱🛶🏊🏼♀️The lake area- a small 17 acre spring fed lake is here for your fishing, paddling and swimming pleasure. The area also has putt putt, the only playground,seasonal concession and rentals, beach area and a super nice walking trail for everybody.
🚍The campground consists of large spacious gravel sites that are well maintained. In the winter, you have lost a lot of privacy foliage but still nicely spaced apart. All sites are 30/50 amp with water. Grey water drains are located around the campground. There is a dump station. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring too. Remember, there are a lot of hills here so expect this when walking to bathouses from most campsites. We had inconsistent cell coverage even with a Winegard booster with AT&T and Verizon. Mornings were best reception and evening were not so good.
. 🏕Other camping options include, walk in tent camping, pioneer campground for groups, backcountry campsites and super cool and private platform (aka squirrel’s nest 🐿) campsites. . 🏡There are also beautiful cabins with lovely views on the mountain side. Most have mountain/forest views and a very few are near the lake. Realize that most of these are on large hills 🏔 so there will be a nice walk to the lake/recreation area. . We really enjoyed the hiking here so much we never kayaked or fished the lake…(also due in part to the cold temperatures). Our 10 days went super fast and we were never at a loss for something to do. You will truly enjoy this park with its history, mountain and lake views. Happy Camping! Pamela and Keith