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Sitton's Gulch Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Trenton, 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.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,020 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Please note that street parking near the trail head is not allowed.

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Reviews (430)
Photos (978)
Recordings (305)
Completed (915)
Katie Dunwiddie
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Hiking

Beautiful trail!! Shaded about 98% of the time. Very quiet and secluded. The stairs leading down to the trail are no joke! There is a small but beautiful waterfall right before you go back up the stairs that we walked through and it’s a refreshing way to end your hike. Be careful of slippery rocks if you explore the waterfalls. There are also 2 “side trails”. These were both really narrow and a little overgrown.

squirrel whisperer
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Hiking

Park ranger, Mr. Woody Hughes, told us we were criminal trespassing as we were steps from the trail. He stated he was giving us a warning.."this time". We had to get off the trail just to let his cart go by. Just a bad attitude and completely uncalled for...so beware.

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cy bickers
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7.25.20 Started early so not many people on the trail. No water running the river, but we did have a good time going and playing in the big rocks that would normally be covered. Good walk but nothing special to make up for the metal steps out....man those kill my knees. Great view from the top and a good sense of accomplishment when you done.

Matteo Meloira
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Hiking

If you start at the main overlook follow the yellow trail to hemlock (brown) to Sitton's (blue) Once you pass the third waterfall it isn't worthwhile to continue. it's just a flat tail with a lot of trees. before the Waterfalls 5/5. After 2/5 Warning. the stairs back up are Brutal.

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Jarvis Broughton
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Great!

Great trail and beautiful waterfalls. We ended up hiking to Hemlock Falls and Cherokee Falls. We grilled on the Overlook after our hike!! The Rangers wouldn't let people get in the pools at the waterfalls which was unfortunate since we drove from Atlanta to fo just that.

Amethyst Joi
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HikingClosed

Well, beware! We drove 2.5 hours to get there just to be turned away by rangers because they had ‘ hit social distancing capacity’ will try again when Covid restrictions lift.

Jolby Marcel
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Hiking

Had a few sand flies, and it rained a got very slightly muddy. With that being said, this was one of the best hikes I’ve ever been on. Go to the falls, swim in the swimming holes. Live life to the fullest. That’s why you’re on this app right?

Sarah Platt
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Hiking

Enjoyed this as an early afternoon hike. Well maintained trail, with close access to the Waterfalls Trail. Many places along the path to rest as compared to the park’s other trails. Hike runs along water much of the way-we took a dip in one of the many swimming holes before climbing the hundreds of stairs back to the rim.

Amy Eliser Danigole
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Hiking

I would rate this trail as strenuous. There are between 450-500 stairs involved!

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Suzy Kovalcheck
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Hiking

Great moderate hike, stairs will kick your ass coming back though. Start early to avoid crowds. Would definitely do again.

Heidi Haller
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HikingFee

I loved this trail. It was well maintained with very few tripping hazards. On the day we went 06/26/20 their was a low cloud base and it was a little damp with very few people. The forest was dense and the views of the falls and creek were outstanding. We started the trail at 4 and returned around 6:15. They said the was strenuous and I would agree just because of the elevation ascended 1000’. Have good shoes to handle it being wet.

Alyson Butler
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Hiking

Shady trail with rolling hills, lots of streams.

Chris Hagan
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Hiking

Fun and not too difficult. Great for dogs. Ours loved all the stops near the water on the rocks. Very shaded all the way through but sunny if you step out into the watery areas.

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Joel G.
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Hiking

This is the third time I’ve done the stairs, but the first time I’ve hiked all the way to the parking lot at the bottom. Beautiful hike with plenty to see. One of my favorites I’ve done in the area. The trail itself is easy enough. The stairs when exiting are awful, but a great challenge.

Dawn Holzworth
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Hiking

Great trail for scenery and waterfalls. Very well maintained. We started at the parking lot outside of the park, not at the waterfalls trail in Cloudland. Recent tornadoes caused fallen trees but all have been cleared. We went on a Sunday, it was slightly crowded but the trail is wide enough to pass other folks. Definitely recommend starting outside the park and hiking to the waterfalls and back.

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Chelc Griffin
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beautiful hike be prepared for stairs i counted 544 steps. 4 waterfalls to see all on same trail well marked trail

Arden Tritt
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Hiking

A great hike with beautiful scenery!

Dave Kiander
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Hiking

Excellent trail. Most of Trail was well maintained. Beautiful views of water. Definitely worth the trip!

Pamela Street
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Hiking

This is one of my favorites and this was a repeat hike. The trailhead parking in Trenton is closed due to tree debris from the recent tornadoes. So, we parked in Cloudland Canyon and hiked down, hiked to the trailhead and back up again. Looks like the parking area is almost cleared so hopefully it will be open again soon. Call ahead to check if the parking is open if you don’t want to tackle the stairs.

Jami Greth
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HikingMuddy

Loved this trail! Definitely bring dogs with experience hiking as there were lots of downed trees to climb over and 1 decent river crossing. Lots of beautiful gushing waterfalls and pretty spots to hang up hammocks for a break to enjoy the beauty.

Alayna Owens
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Hiking

We tried to go in through the Sitton Gulch entrance yesterday, but the gate was closed and street parking isn’t allowed, so we were forced to do the stairs. 600 stairs down means 600 stairs up. There is some elevation change on the trail itself, but mostly it’s the stairs. You see all the waterfalls in the beginning when you go this way. Follow the Waterfalls trail, and branch off to Cherokee and Hemlock falls. There is another waterfall by the beginning of the Sitton Gulch trail sign. There is a water crossing a little bit down the trail that is also from a waterfall, but there’s not a great view of it due to the tree coverage. It’s been raining lately, so it was a good time to see all the falls. The trail follows the river, so beautiful views all the way.

David Duckett
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Bethany Chapple
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Hiking

Loved this trail! So did our pups.

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Clay Collins
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Hiking

Hidden gem. One of my favorite trails in GA. Two great waterfalls and plenty of opportunity to forge along the water down stream. Not a terribly difficult hike, but plenty of stairs at the end climbing out of the canyon.

Meredith Odell
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Hiking

Beautiful trail and hike. We started at the Sitton’s Gulch Trailhead making the hike much easier. Today we saw wildflowers, waterfalls and beautiful streams. Many boulders to play on too. The stairs to Cherokee Falls aren’t bad going up then down them.

Kim Simon Brown
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I really enjoyed this trail - it had everything a person could want: wildflowers, critters, caves (at the Trenton trailhead), a mountain stream, waterfalls, and a wide and clearly marked trail. There were several small trails that split from the main trail and then looped back to it further along. The trail has some hills and is a decent workout.

Dan Marlin
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Hiking

Great hike to take a picnic lunch and chill by the creek. The waterfalls are pretty badass too. Don’t go expecting this hike to blow you away but don’t pass this hike up either. One of the better hikes in the south.

Jason Evans
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HikingRocky

Better to start from the bottom.

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Charity Barton
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HikingFeeMuddy

This is an amazing trail! The elevation change and steps add the challenge and the waterfalls add to the ambience. Passers by are friendly and dogs on leashes welcome you. The creeks are loud and powerful with all of the rain this winter. Trail is wide and well maintained. Park in the valley and climb up to avoid most of the dreaded stairs!

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