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Cloudland Canyon - Sitton’s Gulch Trail and Bear Creek Backcountry Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cloudland Canyon Park Rd, Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Jan 25 2022  9:00 am >> Tue, Jan 25 2022 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Jan 23 2022 2:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Jan 24 2022 6:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 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.


We will start the day on the Sitton's Gulch trail at beautiful Cloudland Canyon State Park. Cloudland Canyon is one of Georgia's most scenic state parks. This trail has us descending steep stairs from the canyon's rim down to the canyon floor. We will see two large waterfalls, Cherokee and Hemlock Falls. (which I hope will be as pretty as I remember them for this time of year). We then reach the rocky canyon floor and hike along a very pretty creek for a total of 3 miles and then retrace our steps which requires us to climb back up 900 ft on the stairs to our starting place.

After our first adventure, the real fun begins. We will regroup and head down towards the Bear Creek Backcountry Trail. This trail meanders down to a beautiful creek and yes, you will have to take off your boots, put on some water shoes and cross it! I have done this before in cold weather and it was hilariously invigorating but for a few seconds completely frigid. Best advice is get across quick. After our creek crossing adventure we will complete the gorgeous loop and then guess what? You get to cross the frigid creek again, but this time you know what you are in for. Water shoes and poles are a must for this hike please. 

I have done these hikes before with other trip leaders, but this is the first time i will be navigating, so pure integrity has me labelling this as exploratory - ALLTRAILS is our friend, but honesty makes me inform you I will be studying the route at intersections etc. 

We will stop and eat a lunch at some point during the day and there will be time for photos. 

Only hikers with recent D5 experience should sign up for this hike. 

Required Items to Bring:


Layers for winter temperatures and hat, gloves etc.


Water Shoes/small towel


Recommended Items to Bring:
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Extra socks


Can do creek-crossing attitude

How to Get There:
Event Directions:


We will start at the Interpretive Center parking

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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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