Campground Review: Cloudland Canyon
Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Hook Ups: Yes. Water, 50/30
Campground Review: The campground itself is well kept, as most of the state parks are. There is a fair amount of privacy (except for a few spots) and it is very wooded which is always a hit with the kids. They have a few pull-thru sites, but most are back in and most are wide enough for the trailer and your table and chairs. Each site also comes with its own picnic table, fire pit and grill like most other state park campgrounds.
In addition to the trailer sites they also have plenty of tent sites as well as cottages and yurts for those who don’t want to tent camp and don’t have a trailer. They also offer group shelters and a group lodge if you are considering hosing an event there.
Things to do: As a native from Georgia I was shocked at the beauty of this park. Not that I don’t find Georgia a pretty state, I do, but this looks more like a park you would find out west than one you would find in the south. The park itself is on the western Edge of Lookout Mountain in the Northwest part of the state.
With 64 miles of hiking trails and 30 miles of biking trails, this place is great for the active camper or the camper that just wants a little scenery. As a father of three kids with a lot of energy, we love to hike, and this is the best place we have come across in the region.
If you are not the hiking type, there is a short ½ mile (relatively flat) walk along the top of the canyon where you get some really impressive views of the thousand-foot canyon below. This is called the Overlook Trail.
For a bit more strenuous and adventurous hike, the Waterfalls Trail is a must do. It’s two miles round trip and it’s a fairly steep grade to and from the falls. The first set of falls you will come cross is the Cherokee Falls about halfway down. Then it is a much steeper hike down to Hemlock Falls which includes 600 steps along a wooden staircase.
But once you get down there, the view is worth it.
There are a few other trails including the West Rim Loop Trail which was rated a “Top 10 Hike” by Backpacker Magazine but it is also a 5-mile hike so bring some provisions.
Additionally the park has multiple playgrounds and an 18 Hole Disc Golf Course, Geocaching and Horseback Riding Trails.
Groceries: It’s only about a 4-mile drive into town where you have 2-3 grocery stores that will have everything that you need.
Last word of advice: Make sure you and the kids have good shoes. And multiple pair. The hiking is great and well worth it but you don’t want to attempt it in sandals or non-supportive shoes.
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