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Cloudland Canyon with a twist (New Date!)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park   Hike: Cloudland Canyon with a twist (New Date!)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 12 2020  7:30 am >> Sun, Jan 12 2020 5:15 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 1 2020 7:22 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 11 2020 7:57 am
Event Duration:9 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
Leigh B
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

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.


Delayed one day for expected severe weather!

Cloudland Canyon State Park is one of my favorite places in Georgia.  Join me as I put my own twist on an AOC favorite.

We will start our adventure at the Cloudland Canyon Interpretive Center Parking area. We will take the Overlook Trail away from the falls until the intersection with Bear Creek Backcountry Trail. We will descend into the canyon where we will rock hop across the creek a few times as we make our way around the loop to enjoy views from "the other side" of the canyon. Retracing our steps back to the parking area, we head towards the falls, down all of the steps to enjoy views of Cherokee and Hemlock Falls. This time of year the falls should have a good flow! We will then head down Sittons Gulch Trail for some beautiful creek views. After we complete this trail we will retrace our steps back to the car.  Somewhere along our trek, we will break for lunch and laughs.


Recent reports indicate that one of the creek crossings will require water shoes.  Bring some shoes to change into or be prepared to hike with wet feet.

This is a strenuous hike and requires recent D4/D5 experience. If you don't have recent experience, you will be moved to the waiting list. Please email the trip leader if you have recent experience outside of the AOC.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sense of humor
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Sarcasm
  • Treats to share
  • pet unicorn

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at the interpretive center parking lot at 9:15.

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):183Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $73.20 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.


There is a $5 parking fee at the park.

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