Camp in Cloudland Canyon’s walk-in campground for easy access to Cloudland’s stunning waterfalls, great hiking trails and exceptional views – and starry nights, s’mores and some classic camping fun.
The 30 walk-in campsites at Cloudland Canyon are located near the canyon’s picturesque west rim. The campsites dot a one-mile loop trail, and each is equipped with a leveled tent pad, picnic table, and stone fire ring. And the campsites’ close proximity to Cloudland Canyon’s incredible hiking trails make them our top pick for Georgia State Park camping.
Cloudland Canyon, located in Northwest Georgia, is an incredibly vast, wide, deeply cut canyon with nearly vertical rock walls. Waterfalls cascade deep within the canyon depths, spilling into pools below mossy boulders beneath towering hemlock trees. The park’s beauty is incredible – as is a chance to spend the night on the canyon rim at the Cloudland Canyon camping sites.
An overnight stay allows ample time to explore its many miles of hiking trails over multiple days. You’ll also have a chance to catch gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, reflecting warm golden hues on the canyon walls.
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Cloudland Canyon: walk-in campsites review
Cloudland Canyon State Park’s walk-in camping sites are set in a forest of oak, mountain laurel and wild grasses, and scattered between rock outcrops. Though they’re spaced relatively close together, most offer a modest amount of privacy. You’ll likely hear your neighbors, and catch glimpses of them through the trees – though with Cloudland’s incredible hiking nearby, chances are you’ll be spending little time in the campground.
A relatively level trail blazed with white diamonds leads from the walk-in campsite parking area, looping in a circle to the sites. Arrive early after the 1pm check-in for the best choice of the numbered sites on weekends. The walk is moderate, regardless of the site: the parking area is a short .5 mile or less from the majority of the campsites.
The leveled dirt tent pads accommodate moderately-sized tents – and park regulations dictate no more than 6 people per site. The pad easily fit my 2-person backpacking tent with room to spare.
The comfort station, located near the parking area, offers fresh water, clean and modern showers and restrooms, sinks, and changing stations. (I’m usually one to avoid campsite restrooms and showers if at all possible – but I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness of Cloudland’s facilities.)
This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.
Parking at Cloudland Canyon is $5 per vehicle, or included with a Georgia State Parks annual pass. Campsite reservations are strongly encouraged due to Cloudland's well-deserved popularity, and are available online at the Georgia State Parks website.
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