Cloudland Canyon State Park: hiking & camping destination guide

Cloudland Canyon State Park: hiking & camping destination guide

Grab stunning views & hike to gorgeous waterfalls on these Cloudland Canyon hiking trails & sleep under the stars at these Cloudland Canyon camping sites.

Cloudland Canyon is one the most scenic – and popular – of Georgia’s State Parks. Stunning waterfalls, incredible long-range views and beautiful, scenic sunsets make Cloudland Canyon one our favorite Georgia hiking and camping destinations.

Hike, backpack, cycle and camp at Cloudland Canyon, an exceptionally beautiful gorge in northwest Georgia

Miles of prime hiking and backpacking trails blanket the park’s stunning terrain, looping and diving and climbing to the park’s most remote, most beautiful and most popular sights. Hike Cloudland Canyon’s east and west rims, catching gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, and peering into the deep, steep-walled gorge floor below. Hike the Cloudland Canyon Waterfalls Trail to two towering waterfalls nestled deep within the gorge, tumbling from enormous, curved rock outcrops. Hike the Sitton Gulch Trail under the canopy of shady hemlock trees, following a cascading creek to a series of waterfalls. Or hike them all for a serious dose of Cloudland Canyon beauty.

Cloudland Canyon hiking trails: our favorite hikes

Cloudland Canyon camping and backpacking

This park’s distance from Atlanta makes for a long day trip. But with great Cloudland Canyon camping options, why not spend the night? Cloudland Canyon State Park offers campsites, yurts, cottages and backcountry campsites in the park with close access to the canyon’s rim.

  • Cloudland Canyon camping: Walk-in Campsites

    Cloudland Canyon Walk-In Campsites

    The walk-in campsites on Cloudland’s west rim (fees & reservations required) offer tent camping near the West Rim Loop Trail. The campsites are scattered along a mile-long trail in level forest, and prime sites are spaced far enough away to offer privacy. Check in early for the best selection. Shared bathrooms are surprisingly clean and modern (for a campground!), offering sinks, showers and changing areas.

  • Cloudland Canyon camping: backpacking to Cloudland's backcountry campsites

    Cloudland Canyon backpacking: backcountry campsites

    Up for a backpacking trip? Check out the Cloudland Canyon backcountry campsites for more seclusion. Ten numbered campsites sites (fees & reservations required) are scattered around a 2.75-mile trail in the park’s backcountry and offer level tent pads, fire rings, their own outhouse and picnic tables. The sites are shaded, private and remote; not a “deep-in-the-Cohutta-Wilderness” remote, but impressive for a Georgia State Park.

    Our favorites? Backcountry site #7 is the furthest from the parking area and the most remote, offering seclusion from the other camping sites. Backcountry site #3 is less than a quarter mile from the Bear Creek Trail, a connection to the Overlook Trail allowing access via hike to Cloudland Canyon’s main trailhead. Site #3 is also located within earshot of a small tumbling creek – and there’s just something awesome about falling asleep to the sound of trickling water.

Where ever you camp or hike, preserve Cloudland Canyon’s natural beauty. Please remember to pack out everything you pack in and leave no trace.

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