Explore the most popular hiking trails near Rising Fawn with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Well marked, scenic. Probably the best hike in Georgia

I hit the West Rim Loop today and it was amazing! The trails were well-marked and very well-maintained. Took me right at 3 hours and I was moving at a moderate pace with several stops for water breaks and picture takes! Definitely one I’d do again.

mountain biking
11 days ago

The trail is interesting. I just hate the little bridges. They are in major need of repair/replacement. otherwise the trial is slightly technical and lots of fast fun...until you come to another bridge.

hiking
11 days ago

Offers a different overlook perspective of the canyon. I especially like the large boulders overlook. The sections that are near water are beautiful. If you want to see rhododendron, this is the trail you want.

Awesome hike!

hiking
16 days ago

We did the West Rim loop along with Hemlock and Cherokee falls. This place has the feeling of being out west when your actually in Ga. It is a busy spot, but well worth fighting the crowds to see some once an a lifetime spots.

hiking
1 month ago

An AMAZING trail if you’re a sucker for water and nice views.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike !

hiking
1 month ago

Trail can be busy if you go later in the day. Breathtaking scenery. Trail is not terribly difficult, but still a good work out.
Note: There are rattlesnakes and copperheads out here, just be wary where you step, don't mess with them and they'll give you no trouble.

hiking
1 month ago

This area is beautiful. The trails are marked well and the whole place is kept up very well! There are a lot of steps on this trail but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I will definitely hike this again!

mountain biking
1 month ago

the best in the Chattanooga area for beauty and all around mtn biking... climbs with fun descents.

Beautiful views! The whole family enjoyed the trail and path is clearly marked. A must do trail!

hiking
2 months ago

A breathtakingly beautiful trail with interesting terrain changes along the way. Started with waterfalls trail and the dreaded steps (that weren’t nearly as scary and difficult as I thought they would be), which was a great warm up for the rim trail. We took about 3 hours to complete it but we were moving at a leisurely pace and stopped several times to snack and take pics of the beautiful canyon.

This is a beautiful trail with lovely scenery of the canyon. It is very well signed which makes it easily navigated. The scenic overlooks are well constructed and offer great vantage points over the canyon. We saw clouds forming in the canyon which was lovely. It took us 2 hrs 15 mins at a moderate pace. Recommended time is 3 hrs. worth a visit

hiking
3 months ago

Must take the out and back and visit both waterfalls.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was Great! Lots of good views. Gave us both a good workout. Crowded at first but once you get on the actual loop people are fairly spaced out and not too crowded. Good for dogs too!

4 months ago

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!

on West Rim Loop Trail

4 months ago

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 of 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 - 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!

You can access this trail from main overlook/parking area, top parking area, and 2 of the campsites. Beautiful rock formations to climb on, and views of course!

Beautiful views. Good trail. Pretty streams

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Both waterfalls on the entry trail are worth seeing. (Lots of steps to get down to the waterfalls) After coming back up the steps, you have to cross the canyon and walk along the far side of the canyon before the loop trail begins. The best pictures/views are from the far side. The loop trail is around 2 miles and is relatively flat. The path goes through the woods and runs along the other side of the mountain.

Just called the park and the trail is and has been closed and no permits are being given at this time

Busy trails, but well worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

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

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
8 months ago

Great trail for the family

hiking
8 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.

great day hike awesome views

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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

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