After leaving our friends' home in Tennessee, we headed to one of the largest state parks in Georgia in the far northwest region on Lookout Mountain. CloudlandCanyon State Park is aptly named for the sights you will see. It is a fairly steep climb to the park from the western approach and you find yourselves in a heavily wooded environment. We stayed in the newer campground section which also happens to be farthest from the falls and grand view of the canyon.
You can hike from this campground around the southern end of the canyon and across a bridge to reach the interpretive center and the main viewing area of the falls and canyon. This is a strenuous hike under most conditions and since it had rained heavily the morning of our arrival, we found the rocky trail near the edge of the canyon a bit too exciting for our taste. We opted to drive around to the visitor center to enjoy the views.
The views were terrific and we enjoyed a couple of hours of taking in the beauty the park offered.
Returning to the campground, we enjoyed the quiet of a midweek arrival and hiked around the area and had our first campfire in many months. We also encountered our first ever automated firewood dispenser. The park staff only made a few faces when I asked how it was working out.
I highly recommend this park for the views, hiking and peaceful surroundings.