We’re kicking off our summer road trip series — Hit the Road — with an outdoor adventure-themed trip to Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, GA (in the northwest corner of the state near Chattanooga, TN). As one of GA’s “largest and most scenic state parks” with waterfalls and thousand-foot deep canyons, this spot is a great destination for experienced adventurers + novice nature seekers alike.
Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.
Drive time: ~4.5 hours
Est. population: 16,326 (2021 estimate for Dade County, where Rising Fawn is located)
Avg. high in June: 81°
The views from the Overlook Trail are pretty as a picture. | Photo by GVLtoday
🥾Things to do
Whether you’re looking to chase waterfalls or opting to take in the expansive views of the canyons, there’s a trail (seven, actually) for you. City Editor Kyle’s personal favorite is the Two Mile Backcountry Loop, but the Waterfalls and Overlook Trails are not to be missed. Save this map before setting out.
🍽️ Fuel up after hiking
Lookout Mountain Pizza Company, 203 Scenic Hwy., Rising Fawn | Thurs., 5-8 p.m., Fri. + Sat., 5-9 p.m., Sun., 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
There’s nothing like a pie to refuel after a day of hiking. This Neapolitan wood fired pizza spot, located just two minutes from the park entrance, offers 10+ pizzas and is even BYOB.
Pioneer site No.3 is quiet and cozy. | GIF by GVLtoday
🏕️ Cozy campsites + cabins
Cloudland Canyon State Park campsites
There are 150+ accommodations available in the park, from backcountry sites tucked away in the woods to group sites that can accommodate 20+ people. Kyle has camped at both a drive-in campsite (think: for RVs + camper vans) and a pioneer site with seven family members.
Looking for more recommendations? Head to the link below. Plus, stay tuned for the July installment of our Hit the Road series. We’ll be highlighting a 30-mile road trip.
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Concrete Roses | Sun., June 26 | 7 p.m. | Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center | $35 | Vaughn Newman Dance and ZAKI West African Drum & Dance Ensemble honor the resilience in all of us at this night of soulful dance and drumming.
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By using recycled water bottles as source material, Outer has created eco-friendly wicker furniture that not only looks ultra-modern, but is durable enough to last a decade.
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