Cloudland Canyon State Park, West Rim Trail

Trenton, Georgia 30752

Cloudland Canyon State Park, West Rim Trail

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"Because so little of the Cumberland Plateau touches the state, Cloudland Canyon State Park’s 3,488 acres have a unique geological feature in Georgia. The flatter tops of the plateau provide sharp contrast to the sheer canyon walls, all softened by an almo"

Cloudland Canyon State Park, West Rim Trail Trip Reports

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8/15/2006
A nice trail overall, the trail guide was pretty accurate. I am in pretty good shape and it took me 2.5 hours to do it. I started from the Ponder Creek head, stopping frequently for photos and such.

1st note is right at the parking lot. To get on the trailhead you must walk through a little vegetation to meet up with a small footbridge. This isn''t marked well! Look for a light-blue signpost about 15 yards into the forest, on the left, just before the gate at the back of the lot.

2nd note is at the junction of the power line clearing. The trail continues almost straight across from where you exit the forest. A different guide I had was not clear, & made it sound like you had to walk down the clearing a ways.

3rd note is after you crest the ridge from the power lines. There is a fork at which I turned right. Later on I saw a trail merge in that I suspected was the fork I did not choose. I am assuming this is the Tenn. trail on the map, but there was no signage.

4th note is that the trail is on an old overgrown logging road for a ways. It has some trees across it and lots of vegetation that made me wonder a few times if I had taken a wrong turn. Eventually the path resumed as singletrack with the white blazes.

5th note concerns something I got from a different trail guide. It indicated there was an old historical battle site along the trail, marked by a stone wall used by confederate forces during the war. I don''t know what I was expecting, but I saw nothing even remotely resembling a stone wall or even a small battlefield.

Last note is for when you cross the alternate trailhead. There is a sign across the road that points you down the right trail. I wouldn''t mention it since the signage was good, but there IS a trail off to the right, a few yards down from the exit point. Someone in the almost-dark, who is hot and thirsty could mistake it if not careful (that would be me).
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Trail Information

Trenton
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
About 2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS Durham
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