Cloudland Canyon Sitton's Gulch Trail Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 4.2 MILES
DIFFICULTY 5.4 Easy
Medium
DURATION 2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
780
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Cloudland Canyon Sitton's Gulch Trail

Canyon views and roaring waterfalls bring crowds of people to Cloudland Canyon State Park every week, especially on nice weekends. If you're looking for something a little less crowded, try the Sitton's Gulch trail. An easier hike along a tranquil creek dotted with small waterfalls and turquoise pools, Sitton's Gulch trail make for a perfect half day adventure. And while the endless metal grated steps along the Waterfalls Trail keep most dogs from enjoying the hike, this trail has only a few at the end, so bring the pup.

Park at the much smaller gravel lot at the north gate entrance. Yes, it's in the back of a neighborhood. You're GPS is not wrong. Begin your hike along the blue-blazed trail behind the gate. The wide, easily followed path is well maintained. Two side trails leave and re-enter the main trail on the right. All intersections are clearly marked so getting lost is nearly impossible.

The trail stays close to Sitton Gulch Creek but you'll need to take the many short side trails to really enjoy it's beauty, especially in summer. At 2 miles, the trail officially ends at the L-shaped bridge crossing over Daniel Creek. A couple steep side trail lead down below the falls underneath the bridge if you're so inclined.

Just after the bridge is the connection with the Waterfalls Trail that leads up the canyon wall. If you're looking for a more difficult hike, this is a great trail to add to your adventure. If you're not quite up for that, follow the sign to Hemlock Falls past this intersection. This is the lower of the two falls along Daniel Creek and the Waterfalls Trail. Dropping 90 feet over a rocky ledge, Hemlock Falls can be enjoyed from an observation platform a short distance away.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
1.1 mi
119 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.5 mi
182 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.3 mi
184 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.2 mi
177 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.1 mi
153 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Details
length4.2 miles
difficulty5.4 Easy-Medium
duration2 hours
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeBlue
elevation gain780 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestCloudland Canyon State Park
visitor infoVisitor Center
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
706-657-4050
hours7am - 10pm (Park)
8am - 5pm (Office)
parking fee$5/Day, $50 Annual Pass
trailhead coordinates 34.859828, -85.484441 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°51.59, W 85°29.07 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°51'35'', N 34°51'35'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.859828, -85.484441 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°51.59, W 85°29.07 most GPS units use this one
N 34°51'35'', N 34°51'35'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The north gate entrance is much smaller than the main park entrance and is accessed through a residential neighborhood.
Parking Capacity
15-20 vehicles.
Notes
Be careful of wet or lose rocks when exploring the short side trails to Sitton Gulch Creek.
A couple of places look like they would be more challenging water crossings after heavy rainfall.
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5 (1)
hikethesouth-2 months ago
Relaxing Hike Along Scenic Creek
Most visitors to the park go to the south entrance at the top of the canyon. This hike avoids most of the crowds and makes for a very relaxing walk along a beautiful creek and finishing with two large falls at the end.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Spring 2019
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