Monday, June 07, 2010

Cloudland Canyon, Georgia

Back in another life time, when we were living in Georgia for a year, we visited Cloudland Canyon which is in the northwestern corner of the state.  Cloudland Canyon is a gorge that has been formed in another portion of the southern Appalachian Mountain range. 

It is actually in the Cumberland Plateau which extends from Alabama through Tennessee and into Kentucky with a very small portion crossing the northwestern corner of Georgia just west of Lookout Mountain. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton's Gulch Creek, and the elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet in depth.

I had forgotten that we visited the Canyon during the winter months of 2004 so the pictures are nowhere near as pretty as they would have been during the summer or fall when leaves are on the trees.  But, here is what we have none-the-less.

From this first picture you can see why they named it Cloudland Canyon; take note of the shadows of the clouds falling into the Canyon.

Cloudland Canyon, Georgia

Here are a couple of pictures “zoomed in” of the left and right sides of the Canyon. 

Left Ridge of Cloudland Right Ridge of Cloudland Canyon

While were were there, we just had to climb to the bottom of the gorge to view the waterfalls, are you surprised by this?  Here’s a few of pictures along our way down; also included is a photo of the top of the waterfalls.

On the Climb Down to the Gorge Floor On the Climb Down to the Gorge Floor On the Climb Down to the Gorge Floor Sitton's Culch Greek At the Top of the Falls

And, last, but not least, here is a picture of the Falls at the very bottom of the gorge – by the way, that’s 600 steps down to the bottom.


Well, there you have it, another visit to another portion of the state of Georgia.  As you can see, there is a lot of beauty to be found in that state, the pictures don’t do it justice.  Tomorrow we’ll share another trip from our past with you – in the meantime, take care!!!

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