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Bear Creek at Cloudland Canyon




Cloudland Canyon

State Park

Sections of this hike will be rugged and strenuous.

This hike is not a beginner hike.

Meeting Time: 10am

Meeting Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Main Parking Lot, where the overlook, interpretive center, rest room facilities, etc., is. Just stay straight on the park road and it is almost the last thing you come to.

Hiking Distance: approximately 9 miles

Hike Rating: moderate with some difficult sections

Hiking Time: approximately 5 hours

Trip Leader: Melissa


There is a crossing of Bear Creek on this hike, so there is the possibility that the water will be up and that we will need to take off our shoes and socks to cross, so be prepared for that. (IE: Water Shoes or Crocs). You will need to be adventurous to take on this hike.

Although the hike will be tough and long, we will go at a moderate pace to be able to accommodate the tough terrain while enjoying the beautiful scenery that this fantastic trail has to offer.


Things to Bring:

Day pack with Plenty of water


Treking poles if you have them

Water Shoes and Extra socks

Huge Smile !


** Just a reminder that Georgia State Parks do charge a $5/vehicle parking fee if you do not have a Georgia State Parks pass.  Monies received go back into maintaining the park **


Hike Leader Contact Info

Melissa  [masked]


NO-SHOWS: As with all Meetups, if you are a "YES" and you discover you cannot come, please be polite and change your RSVP to a "NO" as soon as possible.  Don't be a "no-show".  Organizers try to ensure that we don't leave anyone behind, and if we are waiting on you when you know that you are not coming, it only holds up the group unnecessarily.  Please be considerate. Also, It isn't necessary to RSVP "not going" for an event. For the most part, we need only know if you ARE GOING!

WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel.  If the weather is questionable, please check this event page before you leave home.



Please make every effort to arrive early or on time

so that you do not hold up the group.


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  • Peggy

    Hi Melissa, Sarah, and Celia! It was great meeting you guys on the trail. Hope to hike with you soon.

    1 · October 14, 2013

    • Melissa

      Was a nice surprise to run into you! Hope to get some good hikes in this fall.

      October 14, 2013

  • Rick

    Nice group of hikers. Thanks to Melissa for leading us. Great trail. Awesome scenery. Challenging terrain at times, but very enjoyable.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Sarah Strickland S.

    Thank you all for a fantastic hike today. I even came home and cooked dinner!! :)

    3 · October 13, 2013

  • Rick

    Anyone want to carpool from the Ringgold area?

    October 9, 2013

    • Renee M

      Well...after all of that, we overslept!!!!
      We will have to catch you all at the next one. So sorry :(
      Rick, you may know this by now, but the answer is the interpretive center lot.

      October 13, 2013

    • Melody B.

      Hey Sarah my cell is[masked]-8272. Call me if you see this!

      October 13, 2013

  • Rick

    Are we meeting at the main parking lot by the interpretive center or the parking lot by the tennis courts?

    October 13, 2013

    • Melissa

      Interpretive center. Then we'll drive to the trail head

      October 13, 2013

  • Romeo R R.

    I'll set this one out until an easier one comes up plus I still need to find me a day pack... I got all the other things.

    October 12, 2013

    • Melissa

      Hi Romeo - if you don't plan to attend this one, please change your RSVP to 'No'. This helps us make sure we have an accurate count, and also makes a spot available if anyone else wants to attend. Thanks! Hope to see you on a hike soon!

      October 12, 2013

  • Earl W.

    I went down Ga 136 last week. You might have to take a short detour near the foot of the Mtn unless they have opened the bridge.

    October 12, 2013

  • Melody B.

    Would anyone like to carpool from downtown Chattanooga area? Maybe park at Greenlife?

    October 12, 2013

  • Romeo R R.

    I'm new at this... So I would like to figure out what I need to gear myself up for an hike?

    Thanks Romeo

    October 12, 2013

  • Melissa

    The water levels at Bear Creek are low right now, so the creek crossing should be uneventful.
    However, I do want to remind everyone that this is a back country trail and some sections are rugged and steep. There are also a few trees down across the trail that we'll need to scramble over / under.

    October 12, 2013

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