West Rim Loop Trail

MODERATE 411 reviews

West Rim Loop Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rising Fawn, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
731 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The Waterfalls Trail begins on a paved section of the park at the main overlook. Parking is available in an adjacent lot. The trail progresses into the canyon on a 40-degree slope. Most of the trail consists of gravel and stairsteps, numbering over 1200 in all. Both waterfalls cascade off sheer faces at 60 and 90 feet, and are among the most beautiful in the state. Swimming and climbing on rocks are strictly forbidden, and regulations are enforced.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike with beautiful scenic views. The stairs are the only real challenge.

9 days ago

Great trail with lots of variety ie. Waterfalls, streams, big rocks, beautiful overlooks.

11 days ago

Awesome, the stairs to the falls was tough.

hiking
23 days ago

I agree with a previous reviewer. An easily moderate trail for sure and I say more than easy only because of the stairs. Only recommendation I would give is to wait until beginning to mid October whenever the leaves start to turn and the trees aren’t grown up as much for the many overlooks. Overall I loved this trail and I didn’t even trek down to the falls.

hiking
28 days ago

Need to plan next time to stay here and maybe stay in one of the yurts. Only got to do the loop and one of the falls - Cherokee. So need to go back and do the other trails and falls.

hiking
30 days ago

Love this trail! Amazing views up top and stunning waterfalls below!

1 month ago

Breathtaking views. Easy to follow trail. Will definitely hike again. Hikes 9/18.

1 month ago

Nice hike! I added the waterfalls at the end of the loop. Those stairs are a workout! Definitely would return.

1 month ago

Great trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike around the rim of the canyon. Easy to follow and a number of stops for incredible views of the canyon and out over Trenton. Must do in the Chattanooga area. More than easy but less than moderate. (Hiked 7/28)

hiking
1 month ago

excellent trail. well-blazed. great scenic overlooks. lot of elevation change. wear good shoes.

1 month ago

Well marked, scenic. Probably the best hike in Georgia

2 months ago

I hit the West Rim Loop today and it was amazing! The trails were well-marked and very well-maintained. Took me right at 3 hours and I was moving at a moderate pace with several stops for water breaks and picture takes! Definitely one I’d do again.

hiking
2 months ago

Offers a different overlook perspective of the canyon. I especially like the large boulders overlook. The sections that are near water are beautiful. If you want to see rhododendron, this is the trail you want.

2 months ago

Awesome hike!

hiking
2 months ago

We did the West Rim loop along with Hemlock and Cherokee falls. This place has the feeling of being out west when your actually in Ga. It is a busy spot, but well worth fighting the crowds to see some once an a lifetime spots.

hiking
3 months ago

An AMAZING trail if you’re a sucker for water and nice views.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike !

hiking
3 months ago

Trail can be busy if you go later in the day. Breathtaking scenery. Trail is not terribly difficult, but still a good work out.
Note: There are rattlesnakes and copperheads out here, just be wary where you step, don't mess with them and they'll give you no trouble.

hiking
3 months ago

This area is beautiful. The trails are marked well and the whole place is kept up very well! There are a lot of steps on this trail but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I will definitely hike this again!

4 months ago

Beautiful views! The whole family enjoyed the trail and path is clearly marked. A must do trail!

hiking
4 months ago

A breathtakingly beautiful trail with interesting terrain changes along the way. Started with waterfalls trail and the dreaded steps (that weren’t nearly as scary and difficult as I thought they would be), which was a great warm up for the rim trail. We took about 3 hours to complete it but we were moving at a leisurely pace and stopped several times to snack and take pics of the beautiful canyon.

4 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with lovely scenery of the canyon. It is very well signed which makes it easily navigated. The scenic overlooks are well constructed and offer great vantage points over the canyon. We saw clouds forming in the canyon which was lovely. It took us 2 hrs 15 mins at a moderate pace. Recommended time is 3 hrs. worth a visit

hiking
5 months ago

Must take the out and back and visit both waterfalls.

hiking
5 months 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!

6 months 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!

hiking
6 months ago

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!

7 months ago

Beautiful views. Good trail. Pretty streams

hiking
7 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.

hiking
10 months ago

Busy trails, but well worth it.

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