West Rim Loop Trail

MODERATE 337 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.

21 days ago

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

hiking
22 days 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.

23 days 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
1 month ago

Must take the out and back and visit both waterfalls.

hiking
1 month 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!

2 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
2 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!

3 months ago

Beautiful views. Good trail. Pretty streams

hiking
3 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
6 months ago

Busy trails, but well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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
6 months ago

Great trail for the family

hiking
6 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.

hiking
7 months ago

great day hike awesome views

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7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 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).

7 months ago

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
8 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. .

8 months ago

Not a difficult hike at all, pretty cool views.

9 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
10 months ago

Great workout trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Really enjoyed the beauty of this trail. Well marked.

hiking
11 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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