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Cloudland Canyon State Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park   Hike: Cloudland Canyon State Park  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Feb 3 2017  9:30 am >> Fri, Feb 3 2017 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 25 2017 9:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Feb 2 2017 11:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:11.5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Cloudland Canyon State Park, established in 1938, is located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain. This is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and beautiful vistas. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by combined waters of Bear and Daniel Creeks, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,900 feet. The creeks flow north out of the park, not conforming to the typical drainage pattern of the area.

For this event, we will hike two of the trails in the park at a moderate pace with stops for photos and lunch:

Sitton's Gulch Loop Trail - 6.5 miles
Sitton's Gulch Loop Trail begins in the main overlook area as a part of the second waterfall trail, winding down stairsteps and officially beginning at the new Daniel's Creek bridge. The trail follows Daniel Creek through open, green hemlock groves and overlooks numerous small waterfalls cascading through limestone crevaces. Sitton's Gulch Trail is 5 miles long and considered strenuous due to several steep grades including 1,200 stairsteps.

West Rim Loop Trail - 5 miles
The West Rim Loop Trail is one of the most scenic hiking trails in the nation. Beginning at the Daniel Creek Bridge, and climbing out of the canyon onto the plateau, the trail provides magnificent views of Trenton, Georgia, neighboring Sand Mountain, and of Cloudland Canyon itself. Passing over varied terrain, most of the hike is moderately difficult, becoming strenuous on several short sections.

Trail Map:

Required Items to Bring:

Water or Energy Drinks
Trail Snacks
Good Hiking Shoes/Boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trekking Poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd.
Rising Fawn, GA 30738

Located on Ga. Route 136, 8 miles east of Trenton and I-59 (Exit #11), and 18 miles west of LaFayette.

Cloudland Canyon Map

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):192Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $76.80 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.


Will This Event Occur Rain or Shine? No.

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Cost Includes:

Free, but there is a $5.00 parking fee per car, if you do not already have a Georgia State Park parking pass.

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