Day 65: Cloudland Canyon State Park

by Jeff

You can fill a photo album, the scenery is amazing!

Looking out from one of the overlooks on the rim

Looking out from one of the overlooks on the rim - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon State Park is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged outcroppings, waterfalls and beautiful scenery.

One of the two waterfalls across the gorge - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

One of the two waterfalls across the gorge - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton’s Gulch Creek, that meanders 800 feet at the bottom to approximately 2,000 feet at the rim of Cloudland Canyon.

The most spectacular view into the canyon is found near the picnic area parking lot; however, additional views can be found along the various trails that range from almost 7 miles to the 2 mile Waterfall Trail which we hiked today.

Hardy visitors who hike to the bottom of the gorge (including a 600-step staircase) will find two waterfalls cascading over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below. note: The park doesn’t allow wading or swimming for your own safety!

Josh and Patrice taking a break as we head back up

Josh and Patrice taking a break as we head back up

3,485 acres of Cloudland Canyon State Park (known as Sitton’s Gulch prior to 1939) offers plenty of options for overnight or week long trips that include Tent Camping, RV, Walk-in sites, Backcountry camping, Pioneer camping, cottages and a lodge for groups up to 40.

One of the many modern cabins for rent

One of the many modern cabins for rent

Hiking up the edge toward the parking area

Hiking up the edge toward the parking area

A couple of the cottages are “dog friendly”. We have never camped here but the facilities seem to be top notch and very clean. Reservations recommended for all the facilities.

Picnic shelter avaialble for large groups or reunions

Picnic shelter avaialble for large groups or reunions

Picnics seem to be happening everywhere on this beautiful day. There is a large playground and plenty of grass space for kids of all ages.

The park also has tennis courts, a disc golf layout, small store and a pond for fishing after Labor Day.

Click here for reservations information or call 1-800-864-7275

Map to Cloudland Canyon State Park

Map to Cloudland Canyon State Park

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Just around the corner from the Canyon Grill!

Cloudland Canyon State Park entrance

Cloudland Canyon State Park entrance

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