Explore the most popular trail running trails in Cloudland Canyon State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
16 days ago

Must take the out and back and visit both waterfalls.

hiking
30 days ago

This trail was Great! Lots of good views. Gave us both a good workout. Crowded at first but once you get on the actual loop people are fairly spaced out and not too crowded. Good for dogs too!

1 month ago

I hiked all the trails on Saturday in Cloudland with the exception of Bear Creek Backcountry Trail because it was closed. If you are looking to have a good 15 mile day this would be a good park to hike. All the trails are well maintained and easy trekking. The most strenuous place in these trails are the stairs that exist to access/exit Sitton’s Gulch Trail - about 600 or so. This was my first time at this park, and I was blown away at the beauty of the canyon and the falls. Aside from the stairs these trails are not hard, but offer a good day of beauty and exercise. I would suggest the following “loop”: Park at the Trenton trailhead for Sitton’s Gulch Trail and begin hiking. This trail is 2 miles one way; make your way up the stairs (congratulations you just made it through the most strenuous part of the whole day). Keep going up to Overlook Trail which is up and beyond the Waterfall trails which I would save for last just because who eats dessert prior to the meal? Hike the Overlook Trail all the way back and up to the Two Mile Backcountry Loop. When you get to the actual loop which is about 2 miles or so after you reach the start of Overlook Trail, then, I suggest taking the left road and loop back around to save best for last; after loop make your way back through Overlook Trail and down to hike West Rim Loop which is 6 miles - take the left road for woods and the loop will bring you back around for canyon views and much needed breeze to cool you down. Head back down and see Cherokee and Hemlock Falls and make your way back out to the trailhead at Sitton’s Gulch. Wonderful day!

on West Rim Loop Trail

1 month ago

I hiked all the trails on Saturday in Cloudland with the exception of Bear Creek Backcountry Trail because it was closed. If you are looking to have a good 15 mile day this would be a good park to hike. All the trails are well maintained and easy trekking. The most strenuous place in these trails are the stairs that exist to access/exit Sitton’s Gulch Trail - about 600 or so. This was my first time at this park, and I was blown away at the beauty of the canyon and the falls. Aside from the stairs these trails are not hard, but offer a good day of beauty and exercise. I would suggest the following “loop”: Park at the Trenton trailhead for Sitton’s Gulch Trail and begin hiking. This trail is 2 miles one way; make your way up the stairs (congratulations you just made it through the most strenuous part of the whole day). Keep going up to Overlook Trail which is up and beyond the Waterfall trails which I would save for last just because who eats dessert prior to the meal? Hike the Overlook Trail all the way back and up to the Two Mile Backcountry Loop. When you get to the actual loop which is about 2 miles of After you reach the start of Overlook Trail, then, I suggest taking the left road and loop back around to save best for last; after loop make your way back through Overlook Trail and down to hike West Rim Loop - take the left road for woods and the loop will bring you back around for canyon views and much needed breeze to cool you down. Head back down and see Cherokee and Hemlock Falls and make your way back out to the trailhead at Sitton’s Gulch. Wonderful day!

You can access this trail from main overlook/parking area, top parking area, and 2 of the campsites. Beautiful rock formations to climb on, and views of course!

Beautiful views. Good trail. Pretty streams

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Both waterfalls on the entry trail are worth seeing. (Lots of steps to get down to the waterfalls) After coming back up the steps, you have to cross the canyon and walk along the far side of the canyon before the loop trail begins. The best pictures/views are from the far side. The loop trail is around 2 miles and is relatively flat. The path goes through the woods and runs along the other side of the mountain.

Family friendly trail with nice views of the canyon, waterfalls and available camp sites.

Busy trails, but well worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice views and easy to follow trails. We visited after Thanksgiving and it was very busy.

West Rim trail is a great overlook trail . We started at the parking lot closer to the cabins in Cloudland Canyon National park. This route took us directly to the views. There are many outcroppings with great views. They do have railings. Great trail for all ages. Once you cross the bridge at checkpoint 3 there is a clearly marked trail map telling you where you can go from there. You can head to Hemlock and Cherokee Falls from there. (Highly recommended.) this route will also leads to SITTON GULCH TRAIL. Which I highly recommend. See my review.

There are cabins all along this route that have easy access to the most scenic part of the trail (closest to Canyon). Trail even has cabin numbers marked for easy navigation.

backpacking
5 months ago

Great trail for the family

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, deeper canyon than I expected. You go a mile before you start the actual loop. If you choose to go left to start the loop it’s a little boring at first but the views pick up quickly. We were on the trail by 8:30 and by the time we were coming back in there were several starting so it’s a popular trail. Highly recommend an early start.

great day hike awesome views

This was an good trail and would do it again on a less busy day. Not too muddy, nice bridges over creeks and a good workout at the end coming out of the canyon. We went on a Saturday and the parking lot was packed and there was significant traffic on the trail. Even so, the trail is beautiful in the fall and we identified some cucumber magnolias that I’m sure would be even nicer in bloom! What an interesting canyon, you could go to the edge and see people on the other side or just look down at the foliage and at this time of year, the colors are striking.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Totally awesome trail!! I will definitely be doing it again!! Amazing stops for pictures too!

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked 11/4/17: Went with a group of girls from work and took the pup. It was a great hike! Beautiful color change on the leaves and lots of overlooks into the canyon. All in all, a great hike! Plus, it was really neat watching the fog roll out by mid-morning.
Recommend driving an extra 30 minutes to Chattanooga for Taco Mamacita post hike (vegan & vegetarian friendly, if that's your thing).

Beautiful waterfalls! Great hiking

hiking
7 months ago

We did this in April of 2016. It was a good length trail that followed the rim trail. Great views of the floor below, true sense of the elevation. The trail was well maintained and clearly marked. Definitely worth it if you’re in the area.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views of canyon on rim trail. No sure about it being on any top 10 list but it was nice. Trail is heavily trafficked and show signs of wear and tear in a few locations. Nice area altogether though. .

Not a difficult hike at all, pretty cool views.

Beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

Well maintained trails, both with the trail markings and the trails themselves. Great place with scenic views.

Beautiful views....moderate trail with rocks, tree roots, and steps to climb

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful vistas along this trail. when you come to the fork, head right so you can get the uphill over with and see the overlooks early on.

hiking
9 months ago

Great workout trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Really enjoyed the beauty of this trail. Well marked.

hiking
10 months ago

Love love it ! Awesome hike !!!

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Very beautiful here! I loved the waterfall! We will definitely be back this summer! Must warn though...there are a lot of steep hills and lots of steps. It was worth it for the views and physical challenge!

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