Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hike # 19 Cloudland Canyon, 9:00am, Sunday

Cloudland Canyon State Park, West Rim Trail.  5 miles moderate.  Rising Fawn, Georgia.  Hike Leader Joan Hartvigsen.

 Cloudland Canyon State Park is located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain.  The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by combined waters of Bear and Daniels Creeks.  Bring binoculars to view hang gliders, Peregrine Falcons, and vultures.

The autumn colors are spectacular in the canyon.  Beginning at the Daniels Creek Bridge, and climbing out of the canyon onto the plateau, the trail provides magnificent views of Trenton, Georgia, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and of Cloudland Canyon itself.  The trail is lined with rhododendron, mountain laurel, oaks, hickories and hemlocks. On this hike we will be able to gaze down into lovely Sitton Gulf.  . 

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