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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

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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.

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2 days ago

Great trail if you enjoy a bounty of scenic lookouts on your hikes! Wooded portion away from the rim is also very nice. Can access this trail and complete the loop minus the spur via Trailhead #2. Wild blueberries on the trail were ripe during our visit-we had not seen these growing in their natural habitat before.

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9 days ago

June 29: Very enjoyable morning hike. Really nice loop trail plus spur that takes you along the top west side of the canyon with several observation points and back again through a moderately easy hardwood/hemlock woods. The spur near the East Rim Camping Area gets you quick access to two small waterfalls a short distance apart via a series of footpaths and metal grate stairways. The falls and plunge pool areas were marked to prohibit swimming and climbing, but we saw may of the young folks swimming and splashing anyway. We plan to redo this hike sometime during cold weather.

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14 days ago

Excellent trail with wonderful views

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26 days ago

It was a great trail plenty of options to choose from waterfalls, overlooks and trails. most well maintained and marked locations. Very well maintained picnic area, campground cottage lodges.

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rocky
26 days ago

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fee
1 month ago

Entrance to the park is $5 per car. This trail is hardest and most worth the views is the first 2 miles before getting to the actual loop. So definitely worth adding those extra miles. The east side is the most exciting, but the west side has no overlooks, and closer to north you just see views of town in a valley, while on the east closer to south you see beautiful rocks and nature.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a fun trail. Nearly a dozen great overlooks of the canyon and beyond.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

We had a blast on this trail. It was a busy weekend but we still had ample space and seclusion. Most people were on the main trail or the waterfall trails. Once you get to the loop portion of this one, foot traffic calms down a bit. As for the trail itself, we found it to be quite easy. Just watch your footing as you encounter several roots and rocks along the pathway. Definitely encourage you to check out the Waterfall Trails as well as the Overlook Trail too. So many beautiful views! We did see a snake which we thought was a Copperhead. It had the coloring of a Copperhead but we did not exactly see the head of it in great detail, as we were moving quickly as possible to get out of its territory. Such a fun time at the canyon!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a well maintained, shady trail that is a very enjoyable hike. The loop part is less traveled, so will give you more seclusion, and it is easy to avoid incoming, or passing, traffic simply by stepping to the side. There are ample opportunities for gorgeous canyon views and also connecting trails if you want to add mileage. The trail is an easy trek, just follow the yellow diamonds, it would be nearly impossible to get off track. There are some fairly steady grades, and rooted areas, but they should be easy to traverse just by paying a little attention.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail if you love rhododendrons! Most of the trail is fairly easy-the moderate parts are mainly the stairs and for the West Rim Loop there aren’t that many. The scenery is really beautiful with the creek and the overlooks at different points.

Loved this one!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for families and dogs. Lots of places for the kids to stop, explore, and even climb some boulders! Beautiful views. We saw what appeared to be the end of the rhododendrons but tons of blooming mountain laurel.

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2 months ago

I really loved this trail!!! Many different things to see, and if you connect with the waterfall trail will be a amazing experience!

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rocky
2 months ago

Would recommend! Bring your legs.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

We took our dogs (a mini dachshund and pitbull). It was a really nice hike, not too hard, not a lot of elevation change. There was a number of water crossings for the dogs to play in. Several places to stop and enjoy the views.

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muddy
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great trail, not terribly strenuous but great views from multiple vantage points.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great hike! I recommend checking out both falls this park has before starting this loop trail. Mostly shaded but great areas with overlooks to stop for lunch and phot ops! We camped in the park the night before and started on the trail head around 10am. The trail and waterfall view took about 4 hours with a leisurely pace and frequent stops for pictures.

hiking
2 months ago

We had a fantastic day hiking the West Rim Loop Trail. We began began by hiking to the three waterfalls (lots of stairs) and then picked up the West Rim Loop. Gorgeous views on the trail with quite a bit of rock and tree roots. We stopped by the Yurt Village and decided we had to stay there someday. The trail is well marked.

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rocky
3 months ago

Nice trails. Has some nice views. Very rocky but otherwise a nice moderate trail. Took my 6 & 3 year olds. My 3 year old made it a long way but will probably set this one out next time.

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4 months ago

We hiked the West Rim Loop Trail today, We were confused about the description saying Waterfall Trail, but we are glad we didn't take that one. The West Rim Loop Trail was amazing. We had a beautiful day today - sunny and about 60 - quickly shed two jackets. The hike has just the right amount of up and down. Great walk along a stream, small waterfalls and along the canyon. You definitely need to keep your eye on the trail with tree roots, rocks and just a little mud. Not many people on the trail at all. Highly recommend!!

hiking
4 months ago

Very fun trail. I’d call it an easy hike with some great views. Highly recommended for almost any skill level.

Solid overlooks and a pleasant trail overall. Very cool rock formations. My mileage came in at 5.1 for full route from overlook parking lot. If you want to be alone on the trail on a pretty day, this is not the choice. 5$ park fee and plenty of people.

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snow
4 months ago

Awesome trail, had some really great views and caught some snow early in the morning. Would 100% recommend this trail and it was fairly easy.

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rocky
5 months ago

Good easy hike with awesome views and some good water as well

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5 months ago

Cloudland Canyon park is quite commercialized. Everything is very clearly marked and trail is heavily trafficked. You are not going to achieve backcountry solitude on this trail but the views and waterfalls make it worth it. Immediately off the trailhead you have the option to jut off and check out the waterfalls. Definitely do this. The trail (metal/wood stairs) make a steep decent into the canyon valley and show off a couple of remarkable falls. The remainder loops around the west rim of the canyon and back through the camp/cabin areas. There are more than a handful of overlooks along the way and are all very open. Views of the canyon walls are awesome. We took our time with the viewpoints and vistas and spent about 3 hours on the trail including the waterfalls. Distance ended up being a little over 6 miles. The trail itself is fairly easy with interesting rock formations throughout. I will definitely consider hiking here again. My biggest concern would be the crowd. The place was packed in the dead of winter so cant imagine what it looks like other times of year.

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5 months ago

This trail is kept up very nicely. Hard in some parts, easy in others.

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6 months ago

This was a great trail. Rocky and uneven, but not a ton of elevation change so not overly difficult. There are several scenic overlooks that are just amazing. I did this hike in December so some of the views are probably a little better with the leaves being down. I had my dog with me and he did fine but there are a few stairs on this trail and a LOT of them on the waterfall trails that are metal grate steps. Great for Humans, but not very comfortable for dog paws. He made it but was obviously uncomfortable with the steps.

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