West Rim Loop Trail

MODERATE 274 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
6 days ago

Busy trails, but well worth it.

hiking
9 days ago

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

14 days 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
14 days ago

Great trail for the family

hiking
16 days 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.

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26 days ago

great day hike awesome views

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29 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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).

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1 month ago

Beautiful waterfalls! Great hiking