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Cloudland Canyon

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cloudland Canyon - Rising Fawn, GA   Hike: Cloudland Canyon  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 25 2015  9:30 am >> Sat, Jul 25 2015 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Jul 17 2015 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 24 2015 8:00 am
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Cloudland Canyon has some of the most beautiful and scenic views of any of the state parks.

From the main visitors parking lot we will take the Overlook Trail and get our "group" picture!  Then we will descend into the gorge for some spectacular views of the Hemlock and Cherokee Falls.  

Most of this part of the trail consists of gravel and steps,  numbering over 1200 steps in all!   And yes, we go both up and down these steps!!

After the climb up, we will take the 5 mile West Rim Loop Trail where we will be treated to stunning views of the neighboring mountains.

This a bring your lunch hike and in turn make sure you bring enough liquids since we will be on the trail from 9:30 am to 2:30 - 3ish and get back to the Busbee Park and Ride between 4:00 and 4:30.  Please remember this is an exploratory hike as neither of us has led this trip so the hiking timing of the event are estimations!

As this is a D4 hike,  the trip leaders may contact you to assess your level of ability and comfort.

Definition of a D4: Moderate to Difficult More challenging elevation gain of 1,500 to 2,500 feet, and/or faster pace: generally 8-10 miles.


Either bring your GA State Park Pass or be prepared to pay the $5.00 State Park Day Pass fee as you enter the park. 


Required Items to Bring:

HYDRATION -  enough for the day.  A must - won't be allowed to hike without fluids!



Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles


Bug spray/sunscreen

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Follow I-75 to Resaca.  Take exit 320 from I-75.  Follow GA - 136 W to Cloudland Canyon Park Rd.  This highway takes numerous twists and turns but eventually leads us to Cloudland State Park where we will meet at the main Visitor's Center which will be approx. a mile after entering the park. 



If you plan on meeting at the event, please be at the visitor's center no later than 9:20 so that we can make introductions and be ready to take off by 9:30!

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):200Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.