Looking for a great trail in Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Cloudland Canyon State Park ranging from 2 to 15.5 miles and from 1,883 to 2,250 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and beautiful vistas. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton's Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. The most spectacular view into the canyon is found near the picnic area parking lot; however, additional views can be found along the rim trail. Hardy visitors who hike to the bottom of the gorge (including a 600-step staircase) find two waterfalls cascading over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below. (For visitor safety, wading in pools and climbing on waterfalls is not allowed.) Cottages are located near the canyon edge, while the parks walk-in campsites provide exceptional privacy for tents. Be sure to stop by the office gift shop for hiking sticks, camping supplies, snacks, toys, disc golf supplies, books at more. Outdoor lovers should not miss this parks spectacular scenery.

We started our hike at the main trail and descended down the 600 stairs into the 1000 foot deep canyon. The trail gets easier after all that and follows Daniel Creek for about 2 miles then we turned around and went back and ascended the canyon and the 600 steps again. If done like that I would rate it as the park does STRENUOUS!!! But it is still a very beautiful hike and I ❤️'d it !!!

on West Rim Loop Trail

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4 days ago

I loved this trail! We went mid summer but it really was not too hot due to all of the tree coverage. The trails are easy to follow and color coordinated, and it offers several spots to stop and enjoy a beautiful scene. We also saw many cool bugs and some wildlife, including a copperhead snake so watch your step. Poison ivy and sassafras are pretty common along the trail as well. There are two optional waterfalls that are well worth visiting for a nice, cool place to take a break. Cabin 7 is along this trail and very convenient if you’re wanting to stay over night.

Very well marked trail. Grade going up feels super steep. Take lots of water. Hemlock falls is at their marker 7, and requires 90 stairs. Didn't make it to Cherokee falls as we avoided the extra stairs today but later learned from a map that it's at marker 6.

waterfall was less than impressive but it hadn't rained in a few days and was super hot so I'm assuming its usually better. great scenery and easy to follow trails

Easy trail but the stairs on the way back will test your manhood lol j/k

hiking
12 days ago

Pretty easy hike - there’s a lot of stairs, but the trail is well maintained and not difficult. Went during a weekday and had the entire place to ourselves, but I’ve been told this place is swamped on the weekends. Great for dogs, mine had a blast swimming! as long as your dog isn’t afraid of slatted metal stairs cause there’s a lot of them. falls were super pretty, we went to both!

Great hike!!! Few hills. Be wary of going back up the million stairs. Not for the weak. Very scenic trail that follows the creek.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike but not very dog-friendly. The stairs are metal grates and not good for paws. I regret not having booties for my dog.

hiking
14 days ago

This trail is rated difficult; however, we didn’t find it to be as challenging as some of the moderate falls we have hiked to. The trail mostly consist of metal grated stairs which were easy to go up and down. We had our Australian shepherds with us, although the stairs weren’t ideal for their paws, they didn’t have any trouble going up or down. The falls were beautiful but I would get there early because they get crowded quickly.

hiking
21 days ago

Love this trail - it has one of the best spots to stop and realize how small you are. Generally the hawks are hunting and it is stunning to watch.

hiking
21 days ago

Excellent trail that is extraordinarily well groomed. It has a couple of secrets on side trails with bat caves, It is a double track trail that is easily traversed, but be ready for leg burning ascent out of the canyon. Highly recommended.

hiking
28 days ago

Lots of stairs so be prepared. The trail is beautiful and well marked. Gorgeous gorgeous waterfall.

hiking
29 days ago

A good little workout. Several great views of the canyon and all the way north.

Pulled in the small, empty parking area at 8:30 on a Wednesday morning. Very quickly several other vehicles arrived, and the lot was overflowing. A mountain biking club was meeting up. My friend and I didn't expect to have to dodge mountain bikes while hiking. And we didn't! We hiked 5.5 miles before even seeing one mountain bike (or even another hiker). It wasn't until the last 2.5 miles that we had an occasional bike pass us. These trails are well maintained and well marked. Highly recommend getting a trail map from Cloudland Visitor Center before going. There's a $5 parking fee. No attendance on duty, so bring exact change for the box.

This hike was incredible. Not for the novice hiker. Lots of elevation and amazing scenery. Will definitely visit again.

This was a beautiful trail, but definitely not moderate! It had brutal inclines, and the trail was very strenuous. Be prepared to get your tail whooped!

Highly recommend!!! Great for a casual not so crazy hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

I hiked up West rim on a rainy day. my hike started out rainy, but after the first hour dried out. The trail is well maintained, there was an area of the west rim loop where there was a fallen tree over the trail, but you could walk under it. I'm guessing it's because of the current weather conditions. some parts of the trail was muddy. There are really cool things to see on the trail, such as huge rocks that you could sit on and rest, and different viewpoints overlooking the canyon. The loop connect to cabins and yurts along the way, so this isn't a fully secluded hike. however, I think because of the weather, I didn't see anyone on the west rim loop, but I saw a few people on the west rim trail.

This trail is very nice and I loved it. We did not see any other hikers on this trail while on our Sunday afternoon hike. Would have been nice if the trail markers had mile # on them (yes I know could have used my GPS but signal was little to none at all in some places. Other than that, no complaints at all.

The best trail I've been on.

hiking
1 month ago

We loved this trail! It had beautiful views. It was about a moderate hike- not too difficult but not super easy. You start on the trail until you get to the loop. Where the loop starts- the left side isn’t as pretty. But suggest doing that side first- it’s only about 0.5 miles that we didn’t like. But the rest of the hike was beautiful. We headed down to the Cherokee falls after we hiked.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick well kept trail with a lot of other people around. Good for a day hike if you don’t mind crowds on weekends; better on weekdays during school if you can get away then.

Great view of the canyon and access to the camping area

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike up the canyon. (I started at the bottom and went up and back) 3 main takeaways. 1. DO NOT go on a holiday if you want some peace. When you get to the waterfalls area it will be packed with people who are not seasoned hikers. 2. I would rather hike trails and not climb 500 stairs. I see why they did the build but an earth trail is more my style. 3. when you get to the top where all the tourist are you will see water bottles and trash everywhere. I have to say this was the trashiest trail I've been on in the Mid South. Other than that... There are several water falls and blue holes along the way. Great place to spend the day, just stay away from the commercialized top.

Great day hike. Trail is easy to follow. Only saw a few other people on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. If you are going to spend the night in one of the two campsites in the wilderness area, bring enough water. Once you cross Bear river, there is not much more water available.

Great trail cool water beautiful views on the canyon rims and waterfalls/water below

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