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A Walk Back in Time: Cloudland Canyon State Park

Rising Fawn, GA

A Walk Back in Time: Cloudland Canyon State Park, West Rim Loop Trail, is a 4.8 mile loop trail located near Rising Fawn, Georgia that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for nature trips.

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Stringers Ridge

Chattanooga, TN

Recent Reviews

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Snoopers Rock (Mullens Cove Loop)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Glen Falls
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Short and hot. There wasn't much of a waterfall when we went but there hasn't been much rain in the last week. We had two kids with us, a 5 and an 8 year old, who easily managed. On the hike back out we were drenched in sweat. Bring some water.

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Pot Point Loop
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This could be a five star trail, but it needs come TLC. The highlights are

1. Snooper's Rock- Panoramic view of the Tennessee River.
2. Natural Bridge- Be sure to hike under the bridge to see it at its best.
3. McNabb Stream / Camp- Pretty woodland stream.
4. Ransom Hollow Overlook- Another great view of the Tennessee River.

The Raccoon Overlook is mostly obstructed. It probably has a good view in the Winter. The trail from Natural Bridge (heading southeasterly) to the first crossing of Tower Rd. is overgrown and in need of maintenance. There are also many downed trees; however, these are easy to get around. Because of the overgrowth, it can be tricky to stay on the trail. You have to go slow and look for the white blazes to navigate this section of the trail. One particularly bad part has 5-6 ft. pine saplings growing in the trail. After a rain, these will soak you like a car wash. Also, the overgrowth kept my feet wet for most of the hike. I brought home a tick and some poison ivy from this experience. Once you cross Tower Rd., the trail is in good shape with very little overgrowth all the way to the parking area at the other end of Tower Rd. The "restroom" at the parking area is an old fashioned outhouse. Bring your own toilet paper! You will need to clear the spider webs before sitting down and doing business. I had not used an outhouse since 1970 and the garter snake encounter.

Until the trail is improved, it is better as a Winter hike. This could be a 5 star hike with some basic trail maintenance.

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Snoopers Rock (Mullens Cove Loop)
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The trail from the Cumberland Trail Parking Lot through Indian Rock House to Snooper's Rock is an awesome trek through natural rock formations and Tennessee wilderness, with the breathtaking views of Tennessee River Canyon at its climax at Snooper's Rock. The cliff is an excellent spot to break for lunch, meditate, stretch and recharge. Then, take Tower Road back for an abbreviated version, head back in the direction you came or go conquer the second half of the Mullins Cove Loop. You can't go wrong with this trail.

Be on the lookout for loose rocks/footing at stream crossings, poison ivy and in the summer months brush obstructions in the trail. Other than that, solid trail with a huge payoff at Snooper's Rock.

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Glen Falls
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great little starter hike for the young ones. Our group was 6 Adults and 8 kids (ages: 3-9). All had a great time and really enjoyed the falls and a snack on the rocks at the end. The water was just right for rock hopping.

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Kiddie Trail to Sunset Rock
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great trail minus the poison ivy encroaching in some sections. 5 adults and 5 kids (ages: 7-9)

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Bluff Trail
by Lesleigh Guinn

2 Completed 2 Reviews

It wasn't quite spring, my 2 year old did fine until the very end.

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Suck Creek Road to Mushroom Rock
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19 Completed 16 Reviews

This portion of the Cumberland Trail was very fun. It offers a wide variety of technicality. It starts with a descent to the first bridge on the other side of the guardrail from the road. It immediately goes into a step ascent with lots of roots and rocks. After the first ascent, it has a nice flat area so that you may catch your breath. The next descent takes you to a swinging bridge to cross North Suck Creek. Immediately after the bridge, you begin the final ascension to Mushroom Rock. Follow the red markings on the trees. This is the most intense portion of the trail due to the length of the ascension. The hike is well worth it once you reach Mushroom Rock. It's one of the most fascinating natural wonders in the Chattanooga region.

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Pot Point Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Trail runner...disappointed. The southeast third badly overgrown, little travelled. Little maintenance evident. Saw no one else( warm Saturday morn in May). Trees block view from the overlooks

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Stringers Ridge
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

The trail head we used is located on Cherokee Blvd behind Nikki's Restaurant. There is another trail head off of Spears Avenue. We did not want to park in the woods on Spears at 6 AM so we chose to park at Nikki's and walk up the concrete path. As you approach the trail head you will see a map. Keep right up the concrete until you see signs for the Blue Line. We ran about 4.2 miles due to the confusion with the signage but eventually got straightened out. It would probably be around 3 miles if you head straight in. The trail is amazing with several climbs and down hills going up in elevation around 623 feet through several switchbacks. The trails are smooth and well taken care of but be aware of the direction of travel on specific days or you will go head on with MTN Bikers and other runners. The signs are posted but as the other review stated, people can't read. This is a great run if you push yourself and there are many trails interwoven with the Blue Line. You won't get lost if you keep on following the signs. You can hear the highway towards the end for some added motivation! We did not go to the over look due to darkness but I hear its an amazing view so take the time to find it. This was an amazing trail run and it is great for all runners, hikers and mountain bikers. Heading back on my bike next trip! Had a blast!!

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