Rising fawn

Rising fawn

No doubt a name given to a newborn child well over a century ago by the Native Americans that inhabited the area. Then later used to name the general area. Pure speculation on the part of this reporter but seems logical… Now the tiny community is known as the location for one of the South’s BEST State Parks.

Dogwoods replete with their full beauty
Welcome Center
Mining sluice for gemstone finds

We were asked by our friends with Open Road RV Rentals to do a story that they could share with their audience and the specific request was for Cloudland Canyon State Park. We had already heard some good things from the RV community and since we were going to be in the general area…well there you go.

I plugged in Rising Fawn, GA on my Google Maps app and low and behold there it was….up in the NW corner of GA near Trenton, GA and 35 miles south of Chattanooga, TN. Just for the record….Moon Pie (our unofficial snack food) are made by the Chattanooga Bakery Company since 1917 – our fav is the Salted Caramel Double Decker! Just not a camping trip without a few pies on hand.

Moon Pie, oh my!

Cloudland Canyon State Park met and exceeded our expectations. Our arrival was met with abundant white blooms of Dogwood Trees along the main welcome road….just beautiful. We really hadn’t seen Dogwood trees in years since they all died off in our native state of FL by a blight back in the 1960’s. The winding entry road took us to the Welcome Center where the staff were happy to help us get all the pertinent info together. The retail area was well stocked with all sorts of cool logo’ed gear as well as the basic general store supplies.

East Rim Loop
Welcome Center treasures

The campgrounds are contained within two separate loops, East Rim and West Rim. – we were reserved into the West Rim Loop site #7, The site itself was plenty large and offered nice separation from neighbors. Backing up our 31′ travel trailer was tricky due to the curve and being all up-hill…gravel was popping under tires and with my expert backer-upper assistant allowed me to only hit the retaining wall once.

PipesTraveler.com CFO Liz in her Executive Offices

Of the two loops we’d agree that the West is better than the other but the East is within an easy walk down to the main overlook which is quite remarkable. All of the sites offered electric and water but no sewer connections. The sites all seemed to be well maintained and getting rigs leveled was a synch. Our dates were April 21-25, 2019 and with our senior discount 20% the total damages were $109.57 for the four nights. The weather in April averages 70 for the high to 42 for the lows….freaking awesome!! Campfires for sure but also included lightening bugs…another thing missing from Florida.

This State Park is ideal for all types of guests….tent, pop-ups, travel trailers, 5th wheels, and the big Class A’s (motor-coaches). They have group camp areas, a yurt area, pioneer camping, backcountry campsites and the activities for recreation are many. Twenty-two trails for mountain biking, hiking, horseback adventures. They have a beautiful mountain warm water lake for fishing which we enjoyed.

Camp’s Fishing Lake
Late afternoon on the fishing lake

Another aspect that we appreciated was the abundant open acreage to explore for picnics and for the oft-neglected soul-searching….The highlight of this park is the huge mountain/valley views, waterfalls, and 360 degrees of splendor. Established in 1938 and encompasses over 3,500 acres, the 1,000′ deep rugged canyons, dense forests, and wildlife help to make this venue a “must do” for campers and RV’ers.

Mountain Top Overlook
Views were incredible

We’re pleased to give this park our highest rating – a Five-Pickle nod!

Pickle – a very tough critic

Tip: If you rent an RV from Open Road RV Rental at their Charlotte, NC location pick it up at 8-9 AM you’ll be cracking a beer and/or roasting hot dogs at Cloudland Canyon State Park late that same afternoon! For more info you might enjoy reading this post: https://pipestraveler.com/every-now-and-then/

Call for Preston at (704) 650-7877 and don’t forget to ask about the special PipesTraveler Snack & Refreshment Package!

Cloudland Canyon State Park – 122 Cloudland Canyon State Park Road, Rising Fawn, GA 30738 (706) 657-4050

https://gastateparks.org/CloudlandCanyon

Chris Pipes
chris@pipestraveler.com
14 Comments
  • Sean K
    Posted at 16:03h, 30 April Reply

    Send Moon Pies!!

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 19:07h, 03 May Reply

      Haha – wish we were closer cause we’d sure get you a few fresh pies! Thanks for keeping us with our exploits! Give that little boy a big hug from us!

  • Kate Cape
    Posted at 16:26h, 30 April Reply

    Chris and Liz, had no idea since reading your post, that they have a salted caramel moon pie!

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 19:05h, 03 May Reply

      Yes indeed and they are good! They’re sending out more factory fresh samples to us to share with our new friends along the way – if you were near we’d sure let you try em’ out! All the best Kate and thanks for following along!

  • Clark Waters
    Posted at 16:36h, 30 April Reply

    This place sure sounds nice however I have to ask just a couple of questions.
    1. Do they have canoe or kayak rentals ?
    2. If the do rent flotation devices , is there a guided tour or is it exploring on your own?
    3. I hear there are wild critters and crawling things all around the camp! Could you extrapolate some information on that?
    4. You mentioned Lighten Bugs but nothing on the fowl wildlife, I guess you didn’t see any of that ?
    5. I really like the Red head you are photographing, she’s a cutie pie.
    Regards
    ECW

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 19:03h, 03 May Reply

      Sorry – no canoe or kayak rentals at this location… it was such a thrill to see the lightening bugs again….lots of beautiful wild birds up there. Deer in good numbers to watch too. Yes, the red head is such fun to photograph as she’s always so pretty! Thanks for keeping us busy and following along.

  • Cynthia Tucker
    Posted at 17:38h, 30 April Reply

    Chattanooga is a wonderful place.

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 18:58h, 03 May Reply

      Yes, we always have fun when we’re up that way! Thanks.

  • Myron K Geohagan
    Posted at 22:51h, 30 April Reply

    Sounds like a great place to visit. I will save this info and hopefully take advantage of it before the summer is over. Keith

    Give us a call when you are in Charlotte.

    Keith

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 18:58h, 03 May Reply

      Will do – it would be such fun to see you guys on your home turf. We appreciate you guys following along with us.

  • Steve Fruit
    Posted at 09:51h, 01 May Reply

    Well done! Going on my must-see list.

  • Michlyn Patterson
    Posted at 12:47h, 02 May Reply

    Stunning

    • PipesTraveler
      Posted at 18:55h, 03 May Reply

      Thanks and know we appreciate you following along with us.

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