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Old 05-16-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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Cloudland Canyon and Tallulah Gorge Georgia

We're passing thru northern GA this summer but only have time to
visit one of these parks.
Cloudland Canyon and Tallulah Gorge Georgia state parks.

We're day hikers and bicycle riders but not off road bikes.
No kids so activities for kids don't matter to us.

IF you had to choose only one park, which one??
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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I have stayed at both places for 7+ days. Cloudland canyon was fantastic for walking, privacy, animal life, and views. Roads not as steep. A lot to see and do, just depends on the month.
Tallulah has a lot more outside activities. The roads can be very steep. The walks are very strenous at times. You MUST have lots a water and bug spray. Touring around offers a lot more.
I would look at the sat views prior to going. We loved our time there.
Both places we would go back and stay.
If I can find the pics I'll post them.
If you like white water rafting, tubing etc. then tallulah is the choice.
Either one enjoy.
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How did you come up with those 2 KyDan? They are pretty far apart. We are planning a trip to N. Ga in October and were looking at Cloudland Canyon, Blackrock Mountain or Amicacola Falls. I think the first 2 are about 1 hour further than I may want to drive. Tallula Gorge looks nice too though.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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While staying in the area, we drove through Blackrock Mtn State Park and Tallula Gorge State Park. Some of the sites in both were on the short side but usable; if you had a short rig. Now at Blackrock(highest st park in GA) you better not have a rig over 25' or so. Tight turns and a steep road up the mountain. Better have a TV to pull a steep grade. The views once up there are magnificent. Also cooler temps. Hiking at Tallula Gorge is strenuous but doable. 1,099 steps down to the bottom, and guess how many back up? When they say bring some water to hike, DO IT!!! There is also a trail that goes around the top if you don't want to do steps.

We have stayed at Cloudland Canyon before and found it to be kinda woodsy but with easy driving distance to Chattanooga.
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Kydan...
Dang you will be just about in my backyard!

Two beautiful parks.. and so different yet so much alike.

I would pick Cloudland Canyon! Cloudland has some great hiking trails and views. On Lookout Mtn, you can go hang gliding if you are that adventurous. Closer to Chattanooga TN (lots to do!), not far from Desoto State Park in Ft Payne Al. Desoto has a FABULOUS campground, and good hiking trails.

That's my two cents...for what its worth!
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:38 AM   #6
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How did you come up with those 2 KyDan? They are pretty far apart. We are planning a trip to N. Ga in October and were looking at Cloudland Canyon, Blackrock Mountain or Amicacola Falls. I think the first 2 are about 1 hour further than I may want to drive. Tallula Gorge looks nice too though.
Thanks everyone! This is our rough draft for this summer trip.
Louisville, KY 40291 to Louisville, KY 40291 - Google Maps

Basically Louisville KY to Pisgha NF, to Charleston to Savannah back to
Cloudland, then Fall Creek Falls TN and back to the home of the
Louisville Slugger Bat!

A buddy suggested Tallulah Gorge GA. He had a saved clipping that made
it sound good. They have a paved rails to trails bike trail there but haven't
done any research to see how long it is.

We don't mind strenuous but don't necessarily go out of our way to
find it...... well maybe we do a little

Last summer we hit Shenandoah NP and then New River Gorge WV.
We hiked up and down the gorge or mountain in both parks.
Also visited Breaks interstate park on the KY/VA line. That gorge trail
is awesome but one end of the loop is literally straight up the side of
the gorge!

Anyway, looking at roads on this trip I'm now leaning towards
Cloudland because it's near major interstate.
Looks like getting to Tallulah would be a lot of 2 lane?
Maybe next time.

Getting excited!!

It's always a struggle for me to get the bare bones of a trip laid out but
once I've got a rough draft and it starts to fit together, then it's fun!

Thanks again!!

Any suggestions for RV parks in either Charleston or Savannah?
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Sounds like fun Dan. I think we decided to go to Tallulah. I ran the distances and times on Mapquest and it's actually 40 minutes closer in driving time then Amicacola Falls and Cloudland. We wanted to stay on the east side of Ga because the wife wants to hit the shops and other things in Helen.

As far as bike trails at Tallulah, they have 1.7 mile of rails to trails. They also list seperately more than 20 miles of hiking and bike trails.

Anyone know how full these parks are in Oct? I don't want to make reservations, but I hate to arrive and not have a camp site.
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If you go in octplan on a park early as the helen oct fest is in full swing. There are many festivals around that time. A great time to go there. On the weekends the lines in helen Sep-Oct can be very long. Roads packed.
Helen has a great web site for info. A great time of year to go play in helen and the gold rush days.
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If you go in octplan on a park early as the helen oct fest is in full swing. There are many festivals around that time. A great time to go there. On the weekends the lines in helen Sep-Oct can be very long. Roads packed.
Helen has a great web site for info. A great time of year to go play in helen and the gold rush days.
We were hoping to catch the changing of the leaves. Thanks for the info.
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Any suggestions for RV parks in either Charleston or Savannah?
I can only recommend that you not to stay at Red Gate CG. Camping there would be like camping in an open field with no trees.

We stayed here for a weekend and had a good time: Savannah South KOA | Camping in Georgia | KOA Campgrounds

It has a small pool and a lake where you can fish. It's a little ways from downtown Savannah, probably 20 minutes if I remember correctly.
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