Cloudland Canyon is in the northwest part of Georgia. (It is very close to Chattanooga, Tennessee). My sister suggested it as a great spot to have a birthday celebration for my Dad. (He turns 86 tomorrow!) After we got back this weekend, I called him in the evening and asked him if he had enjoyed our trip. My Dad in his direct, straight- to -the point way said, "It was PERFECT".
|They don't call it Cloudland Canyon for nothing!|
Cloudland Canyon truly is a unique spot. It is the only spot in Georgia that is part of the Cumberland Plateau If you visit there, you will scarcely believe you are in the state of Georgia, it looks more like something from out West. The rocky ridges around the gorge have cascading waterfalls and
if you climb down 600 metal steps that have been placed on the side of the gorge, you will be rewarded by not one but TWO waterfalls. (Remember that is 600 steps down and 600 steps back UP, which means they have signs warning you not to try it if you are not physically fit.) I took my Arabia Mountain-trained legs and hiked the West Rim Canyon Trail and after that, I still did those 1200 steps to the waterfalls! Whew! I'll be honest, it wasn't easy, but I am happy to say that I survived to tell the tale! The nice thing, there is a beautiful waterfall which is only steps away from the parking lot which is in the picnic area (it is near the Interpretive Center), and my Dad was able to walk there to the edge of the gorge and see this magnificent sight!
|Waterfalls Easily Seen From Top of Ridge|
|Flowers Right Outside Our Cabin!|
Cherokee Falls - 60 Feet High
|Looking Into The Gorge From The West Rim Trail|
|Hemlock Falls - 90 Feet High|
|Rocks through a clear mountain stream|
|One Happy Dad! Happy Birthday, Daddy!|
Hope you enjoyed this family celebration at Cloudland Canyon. (My siblings were there, honest!) Of course you must know this hiking in all this nature is right up my alley. I took all these photos, Richard was not able to come. Of course, the photos would have been better had he come along! I have more to say about Cloudland Canyon but it is late, maybe another post!
Oh, I did find a great video on Youtube for you and it gives you a great idea of what it looks like, except the waterfalls were more spectacular due to all the rain that we have had. Hope you like !