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Cloudland Canyon State Park Rt. 2, Box 150 Rising Fawn, GA 30738 706/657-4050
Georgia Department of Natural Resources 205 Butler St., Suite 1352 East Atlanta, GA 30334 404/656-3530 Info/brochures: 404/656-3530 Reservations: (800) 864-PARK
Location: Cloudland is located 120 miles northwest of Atlanta and 30 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Getting There: From Chattanooga, take I-24 south to I-59. Get off at the Trenton Exit and follow the signs to Cloudland Canyon State Park. From Atlanta, take I-75 north to Exit 133, Hwy. 136. Drive west 16 miles past LaFayette.
Seasonal Information: Depending on individual weather preferences, you can visit Cloudland Canyon any time of year. Summer temperatures can range anywhere from 50 to 90 degrees F, while winter temperatures are generally 20 to 40 degrees F. Snowfall varies, and rain is probably most common in April.
There are some annual special events ~ such as Wildlife Weekend in March, Wildflower Program in April, and Overnight Backpacking Trip in October ~ that you may want to plan your trip around.
Wildlife: Peregrine falcons soar above the canyon where you can find coyote, raccoons, fox, squirrels, rabbits, and turkey. It is safe to say there are no bears.
Insects: Information not available.
Plant Life: Maples, poplars, white oaks, Virginia pines, beech, sourwood, mountain laurel, and rhododendron highlight the landscape.
Facilities: There are various camping options:
Parking: Contact park office for information.
Permits: Georgia State Park Pass is $2 per vehicle. An annual park pass (valid at any Georgia State Park except Jekyll Island, Lake Lanier Islands, and Stone Mountain Parks) is $25. Senior citizen and disabled veteran discounts are available.
Backcountry travel is by permit only. Hikers must register at the office.
Primitive campsites are $3 per night, and walk-in campsites are $8 per night. More developed tent and trailer sites are $13 per night.
Pioneer camping is $20 per night; each additional person is $1 per night.
Cottage costs are two bedrooms, $60 per night Sunday through Thursday and $75 per night Friday and Saturday, with a maximum capacity of 8; three bedrooms, $70 per night Sunday through Thursday and $85 per night Friday and Saturday, with a maximum capacity of 10.
Swimming pool admission is $1.50 (children under 2 are free). An annual swim pass is $20 adults, $15 children, $15 senior citizens, and $50 family (up to six immediate family members).
Hazards: Purify all water before drinking.
Leave No Trace: Contact park office for information.
All LNT guidelines apply.
Maps: Photocopied park maps are available at the office. A geologic guidebook is also available.
Topo maps that include Cloudland Canyon (maps 24 and 44) are available for $2.50 (plus shipping) from: Georgia Geological Survey/Map and Publication Dept. 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, Rm. 400 Atlanta, GA 30334 404/656-3214
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