Hello Everyone and Happy Memorial Day! I hope you’ve had a great weekend, but have also taken some time to reflect on those who have served our country throughout the years. For all my quilting friends, you can go here to see some of my patriotic quilts that I love to make.
Last week my husband and I went on our second Rpod trip to Cloudland Canyon State Park. It is one of our favorite parks located in the northwest corner of Georgia. There were a few showers on the drive to the park, but after that the weather was pleasant for the rest of the week. This was our fourth time camping in this park.
Usually, we hike the West Rim Trial, but decided to hike from the campground to the waterfalls instead.
We crossed Daniel Creek at the bottom of the canyon. The Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron were in bloom so it was a very pretty hike coming down the mountain. Notice the rock on the left. We stopped and a had a rest on that before we hiked back up to the campground.
We went to Cherokee Falls first. The pool at the bottom had the most water we’ve ever seen in it. It’s been a rainy winter and spring so all the falls have had nice flows over them.
The next falls is Hemlock Falls. Now, I told my husband that if we hiked from the campground, we would avoid all the steps. I was wrong! Most of the steps, 600 total, lead to Hemlock Falls, and a small group to Cherokee Falls. It was worth it. Again more water over the falls than we’ve seen in the past.
A few years ago, The Sittons Gulch Trail was opened. You can get to it from the Hemlock Falls or from the trailhead in Trenton. We hiked the full trail last year from Trenton. This year, we just hiked down to get to this fall and this cascade.
We sat on the rocks for a little while, knowing all those steps were waiting for us!
This is where we took our break before heading out of the canyon and back up to the campground. It was beautiful and restful. Since it was during the week, there were very few people out on the trails with us, which was also nice. We had a very restful afternoon sitting in our campground after this hike!
The next day, we headed to the Zahnd Wildlife Management Area to explore some bolders and an overlook.
This was a really cool place.
It’s a good place for bouldering if you do that kind of thing. We don’t, but I wanted to try to find a boulder we could easily climb on.
We were able to climb up on the backside of this one.
Many of the tops had a lot of vegetation growing on them, some wild flowers, moss, and ferns. We enjoyed exploring this area.
Across from the parking area is a trail that leads to an overlook.
It was spectacular coming around a curve in the trail to this view!
The view overlooks McLemour Cove and Springer Mountain to the east. It would be a great place to watch the sunrise. There are no signs for the Zahnd WMA, but it’s 10 miles south on Lookout Mountain Parkway from Rt 136.
Afterwards, we drove over to the East Rim to get a few pictures since it was such a pretty day.
It’s always impressive looking out through the canyon.
We are looking across the canyon to the West Rim Trail. If you look closely, you can see the fence posts along the rock ledge. If you visit the park, that trail is a must do. It’s been rated as one of the best hikes in the country. It can be rocky and rooty, but the views are awesome and the elevation change is not that great.
We had a great time on our second trip in the Rpod and are looking forward to our next trip, probably in September. Summer is here. Thanks for stopping by!