Cloudland Canyon State Park: hiking & camping destination guide Georgia Hiking Trails

Cloudland Canyon State Park hiking, camping, & adventure guide

Hike to stunning views and gorgeous waterfalls on the top Cloudland Canyon hiking trails, and sleep under the stars at the best Cloudland Canyon camping sites.

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

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

Many miles of prime hiking and backpacking trails blanket the park’s terrain, looping and diving and climbing to the park’s most remote, most beautiful, and most popular sights. Hike the canyon’s east and west rims, catching gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and peering into the deep, steep-walled gorge floor below. Hike the Waterfalls Trail to two towering waterfalls nestled deep within the gorge, tumbling from enormous, curved rock outcrops. Hike the Sitton’s 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 North Georgia 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? The park offers campsites, yurts, cottages and backcountry campsites in the park with close access to the canyon’s rim.

  • Camp at Cloudland Canyon State Park to catch stunning sunsets from the canyon's west rim

    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 backpacking: backcountry campsites

    Up for a backpacking trip? Check out the park’s 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 the park’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.

Wondering what to pack for a great camping adventure? Our camping gear list features our favorite tents, sleeping bags, furniture, cookware, and campsite essentials.

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

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