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Two-Mile Backcountry Loop Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rising Fawn, Georgia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 219 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

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This two-mile loop provides access to the parks back-country campsites. In a clockwise fashion, the trail slopes gently downward through oak woodland on its way to a small stream and dark groves of eastern hemlock. The trail then climbs approximately 200 feet back to the trail-head.

Overnight parking is available at trail-head. Permits for camping $8.00 per person, parking permit $5.00 overnight. Reservations 800-864-7275. Campsites in this loop trail have pit toilets near each site.

Cloudland Canyon State Park 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd. Rising Fawn, GA 30738 Walker County Reservations 800-864-7275 Park 706-657-4050

Located on Ga. Route 136, 8 miles east of Trenton and I-59 (Exit #11), and 18 miles west of LaFayette. GPS Coordinates: N 34.8402630 W -85.4828810

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Kim K
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HikingBugsFee

Trail is parked with red diamonds, outhouses every 2-3 campsite, packed dirt path until the sink, Creek is mostly dry, would be lovely during autumn with the changing leaves.

squirrel whisperer
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Hiking

Easy trail and pretty. Creek is dried up and would have been really pretty with water.

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cy bickers
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We walked it after doing a harder trail. Hiked the loop counter clockwise and it was nice easy walk to stretch the legs. Would not make it a destination spot, bot again when water is around could be quite nice.

Laura Turner
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HikingFee

Nice trail but don’t rely on people’s pictures for what to expect. My kids picked this hike by pictures and none of the cool stuff they saw in pictures were on the trail. Otherwise an easy hike through the woods. Also would have been nice to know about the $5 parking fee before hand.

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Lydia Cuautle
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Hiking

This trail is a dog-friendly and family-friendly hike. It was mostly shaded and the elevation was not too hard. We finished in under an hour. It was not crowded when we went at 8:30 am.

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Jenny Hopkins
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HikingFee

Began from playground parking lot and picked up blue blazed trail going right. After .4 mile, turned left to descend to Bear Creek. Gorgeous! My friend wasn’t comfortable trying to rock hop the creek to complete the loop on the other side. Instead we climbed back up. Turned left toward the backcountry campground loop. Lovely trail. Several varieties of wildflowers, along with lots of blooming mountain laurels.

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Jason J
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Hiking

Did this as part of the Bear Creek trail. Nothing overly striking. A decent stroll. Five stars for the Bear Creek Trail. Just used the two mile loop trail for ingress and egress to BCT.

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Abby Wallace
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Hiking

I hiked the first part of Bear Creek Trail, decided not to do the crossing because I was hiking solo. Hiked the rim overlook trail & the backcountry trail.

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Charity Barton
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Hiking

The trail is well maintained and is a great place to bring beginners. The trail has several creeks to enjoy and large trees for shade. There are also several outhouses along the trail with the campsites. My daughters have enjoyed this loop since they were 3 and 4.

Jason F.
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Hiking

Easy 2-mile. Down by the creek is stunningly beautiful. Trail in really good condition - only a couple muddy spots.

Michael Curtis
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Nature trips

Nice little trail for a quick hike. Not very challenging but if you like camping and testing out your pack weight, this is a good trail. There are lots of camp sites with a good distance between them. Not much to see but it’s quite and you have lots or forest to enjoy. Probably camp there in the spring. Also a good running trail.

Andrew Rico
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Backpacking

This is a great spot for beginner backpackers. Easy 2 mile loop trail with 11 backcountry sites - all have a privy, picnic table and fire rings. Stream was dry in October, so bring water. Only complaint was the trains blowing their horns at the wee hours of the morning... Check out the Bear Country Trail for a good day hike in the morning.

Mike Trimble
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Hiking

Short, relatively flat and easy trail that anyone can hike/walk. Can also use a short trail run. Goes by numerous hike-in campsites.

Eugenia Floyd
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Hiking

Easy trail for quick hike through lovely forest.

Anthony Thornton
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Hiking

Highly recommend!!! Great for a casual not so crazy hike.

Amanda D.
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Terry Couch
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Hiking

Easy trail for young and old hikers. April and May have some beautiful blooms and great pics with a gentle creek nearby. We also like this trail when we’re short on time, but still want to get out for a short hike. Loop end has some gentle elevation, but I’ve seen young children and elderly make it with no issues. Have fun!

Sarah Livingston
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Hiking

This is a nice trail to do with kids. There is one uphill push, but it’s towards the end. It’s relatively smooth, and was no problem for my six year old daughter. The winter rains have caused a few ruts but only one to watch out for. There was a nice creek crossing with flat rocks. We sat there and ate our snack and tried out my sister’s new water filter. We scoped out potential campsites along the way as well.

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Chris Hollingsworth
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Great trail! Stayed there this past weekend (1 night) and was impressed! Really enjoyed the layout of the trail and the campsites. The sites are spread out and very spacious. Absolutely going back.

Pierce Carpenter
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Hiking

Nice easy trail. Well marked with nice camp sites.

Mona McPhate
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Nice, well marked trail. Lots of shade.

Stacy West Taylor
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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 or so 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 which is 6 miles - 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!

Jenny A
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An easy relaxing hike with beautiful scenery and Lovely camping areas. Great trail.

Raya H
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Very nice !

Dan Lech
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Easy walk with decent campsites. Most had outhouses and all had fire rings and picnic tables.

Jessica Bandy
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Sean Martz
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Jennifer Marcus
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Ashley Bardin
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