Review of Cloudland Canyon State Park Campground in Rising Fawn, Georgia
November 2011 – 6 Nights
This park had a fantastic atmosphere. There are 2 RV/tent campground loops, walk-in campground, backpacking campground and cottages. It is a very large park with about 6 miles of paved roads. The east campground loop is a little less private but the west campground has great layout and is fully wooded. The canyon overlooks obviously add to the great atmosphere of the park as a whole.
Campsite spacing was really good in the west campground loop. The east campground was packed in somewhat tight and didn’t appear to have as much space. The west campground had quite a bit of space between sites with a lot of trees around. Most sites backed up to the woods, even the sites on the inside of the loop.
Campsite quality was great. Each site in the east and west campground had water and electricity, a raised gravel back-in pad with lantern post, picnic table and cooking grill on the pad, and a rock fire ring off the pad.
Hiking is great. There are 2 large waterfalls that can be accessed by a short trail that consists of hundreds of stairs. If you make it to the second waterfall there is a bridge that crosses the stream to access a 2 mile trail that follows the stream through the bottom of the canyon. It’s 4 miles round trip but it is a very nice walk. You can also access this trail from the other end instead of having to take all the stairs down into the canyon. There is a nice 2 mile trail that goes through the backpacker camping sites which was very nice. My favorite trail was the West Rim Trail that followed the ridge of the canyon with some spectacular overlooks and views.
There is no boating places in the park.
There was no place to fish in the park that I could see.
Both RV campgrounds had play equipment for the kids. The campsites were spread out nice in the West Campground so the kids had plenty of space to run in the woods. The roads in the West Campground were very hilly with some ditches on the sides so they are not the most conducive to small children on bikes. I would be very cautious about some of the hikes with children because of the steep drop offs and cliffs. We did not take the kids on the main part of the West Rim Loop that followed the top of the Canyon.
Over all, this was a great park. I would compare it with a park like Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. Petit Jean probably had a few more things to do because of the lake and a couple more short hikes, but you can definitely keep yourself busy for a few days at Cloudland Canyon. The bathrooms were very clean as well. Location is great since it is close to Chattanooga, Tennessee attractions like Look Out Mountain and Chickamauga Civil War Battlefield.
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- Rated 4 stars
- Cloudland Canyon State Park Campground
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