West Rim Loop Trail

MODERATE 287 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 months ago

Busy trails, but well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 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
2 months ago

Great trail for the family

hiking
2 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
3 months ago

great day hike awesome views

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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).

3 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls! Great hiking

hiking
4 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
4 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. .

5 months ago

Not a difficult hike at all, pretty cool views.

5 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
6 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
6 months ago

Great workout trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Really enjoyed the beauty of this trail. Well marked.

hiking
7 months ago

Love love it ! Awesome hike !!!

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