Sitton's Gulch Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Trenton, GA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
There was no water when I went and the fall colors weren't doing that great with the drought, guess I'll have to go back! Came from the Park, so did half the West Rim Loop after. Just went down to the "falls" and explored that area for a while. Don't think I finished this trail either since there was no water....The park charges like $5 to get in and park I think. Coming down all those stairs was hard on the knees, but going up was very strenuous. There are lots of benches to stop and rest on the way up, which I took advantage of. Definitely took my time. I already plan to go back when there is more water so I would gladly do it again! Tons of steps and all!
Awesome trail/hike. The steps back up were really intense. Especially after hiking for half the day before hitting this trail. I'd do it again though, crawling up the last few steps and all.
We started from the Park so the steps were first but then they were also last and needless to say, 600 steps up. Regardless, the trail is well worth the effort. My wife and I have looked into the canyon from about every angle so it was great to finally walk through the canyon and come out at the mouth. The bluffs look fantastic from the bottom when looking up almost 1000'. If you hike this trail, don't rush. Take your tone to enjoy the water, the rock formations, the forest, but most of all, the quiet.
pretty good hike at Cloudland canyon! the steps back up at the end are very strenuous!! Unless you're in very good shape!
if you into stairmasters then this is for you!
This is a beautiful park that looks like a good camping location. The stairs are a little weird, but it's the safest way to construct a path to the bottom. Not much water in the basin or any flowing over the falls, but it's pleasant and the view from the rim is amazing. I do not recommend the Waterfall Trail/Sittons Gulch to anyone who can't climb multiple flights of stairs because it is intense.
I hiked this trail back in late June and I loved it! I hiked it after I hiked the West Rim Trail, in the heat of the day. It was hot and humid and all that good stuff, but the beauty of the the trail trumped the conditions.There wasn't much water flowing throw the river bed. By much I mean next to none lol. The rocky river bed and the tall pines were just as beautiful as anything out there. The only reason I didn't give this trail a 5 star is because the flat land stretch towards the end got a little monotonous and boring. Not a big deal, though! Just be ready for those stairs on the way back up. Lord have mercy, they will definitely put your lungs and legs to the test!
I'm not sure if I am writing the review for the correct trail, but it's labeled as Waterfalls Trail in the actual park, but appears to be the start of Sitton's Gulch Trail on the south end.
I was highly disappointed in this trail, if you even call it a trail. It was a man-made stairmaster the entire way. I wanted to escape and feel like I was out in the woods which is really hard to do when you feel fenced in a boardwalk the whole time walking metal stairs.
Also, was pretty disheartening to see all the trash people had thrown over the rails especially after having to pay $5 to get into the park. I guess I am spoiled living in TN where most parks here are free to enter and seem to be way less trashed.
The waterfall was dried up when we went, which was to be expected in July, but the scenery is beautiful. The overlook is gorgeous right by the parking lot. Maybe this trail is much better if you continue past the waterfalls and further along the trail as other reviews have suggested.
very good hike! beautiful waterfall!!!
Fairly easy trail, which happens to stop at the road in my subdivision, great for experienced bikers.
My wife and I started at the North entrance and hiked to the falls. The trail is well kept and wide in most places. It is a nice hike. Be prepared for the uphill hike though. You miss all the steps people fuss about by coming in this way but you pay for it with some steep walking. It is doable, just be prepared.
Overall, a beautiful hike that we will do again.
Very well maintained and many great places to stop and enjoy the flowing water
Gorgeous hike, and incredibly well maintained trail. Lots of access to water, and great places to sit by the river/falls to stop for lunch.
Given the short length, I'd certainly consider this a moderate hike (not difficult) but there is a pretty good elevation gain over that 2.5 miles so probably not a good hike for total beginners unless you've got plenty of time to take it slowly.
Plenty of interesting wildflowers, rocks (begging to be bouldered) and wildlife if you're looking close enough. We spotted a number of lizards including a blue tailed skink :)
I love the wildflowers on this trail!
It's a good hike but definitely moderate
Great trail for a day hike, we spent about 7 hours out and back and then a bit of time on the northern loop. Brought the dogs along, only complaint I had is they staircases and bridges were not very dog friendly as the grating used was difficult for them to walk on. Outside of that great views and will definitely hike again when its warmer to spend time in the river.
This trail is very easy to hike as three people can be side by side and still be on the trail. There is a fee for parking and parking can be done at either end of the trail. I entered the trail from Cloudland State park and walked to the end and back. If you park at Cloudland you will have to descend and ascend the stairs which can be a little rough after doing the distance out and back. If you start at the opposite end there is no need to ascend the stairs to the top of the canyon and the parking area.
The waterfalls views were fantastic and I enjoyed the large hemlock trees in the area along with all the most covered boulders along the trail, the view of which reminded me of the Lord of the Rings movies.
This is not a wilderness trail, no back country camping anywhere along the trail but camping can be done at established areas near the parking at the top of the canyon. There are caves in the area where bats live and it appears these caves are off limits as DNR (Department of Natural Resources) are investigating why the bats are dying from some disease.
The far end of the trail has a very small parking area compared to the upper parking at the entrance to the park and it is surrounded by private homes. There are two small huts there at that end for changing clothing as well.
The trail opens at 7:00 and closes at dusk and a day pack is not needed unless you want to carry one.
Take a friend and go for a hike.
This is a great trail. Really awesome views especially after lots of rainfall. Some short moderate climbs but nothing bad. Highly recommend