COVID-19 Update: At REI, we encourage you to get outside responsibly. Stay local, avoid recreational travel,
practice social distancing and check ahead for area and facility closures. Learn More
Trail Run Project Logo

Cloudland Canyon Half Marathon

Difficult

Trail

12.1 mile 19.5 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,451' 442 m
Descent: -1,457' -444 m
High: 1,940' 591 m
Low: 810' 247 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

Dogs

No Dogs
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Victor Mariano

A beautiful trail half marathon at Cloudland Canyon State Park near Trenton, Georgia

Victor Mariano

Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

The park is located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, and it is one of the largest and most scenic parks in Georgia. Highlights of the park include thousand-foot deep canyons, sandstone cliffs, wild caves, waterfalls, cascading creeks, and dense woodland. For more information, visit the park's website.

Need to Know

The West Rim Trail is EXTREMELY rocky and technical. There are approximately eight miles of trails for this event. There will be one aid station at mile 6 - Sitton's Gulch trailhead.

Runner Notes

It could be very cold. Dress accordingly!

Description

This race course is STUNNING!

There will be no leaves on the trees to obstruct long views of two states (AL and TN) from the ridges.

The course includes three large waterfalls and numerous canyon views. Sitton's Gulch Trail is a favorite, with giant boulders, a beautiful cascading creek, and moss-covered rocks lining the gulch.

There will be one aid station for runners at mile 6.

Flora & Fauna

The event is held near the end of the winter season. There will be leaves on the trails but the trees will be bare.

History & Background

To find out more about the history of Cloudland Canyon, click here.

Run this trail?

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Run

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Check In

Check-Ins

Feb 10, 2019
Mike Schuckenbrock
Run w/Trista. Longest run for me ever. 37* and rain. Was seriously awesome though. 12.1mi — 2h 54m
Feb 9, 2019
Mike Schuckenbrock
Run with Trista - longest trail run (or any run) to date. 40* and raining!

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 2 votes

#1037

Overall
  5.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Run Rankings

#17

in Georgia

#1,037

Overall
37 Views Last Month
1,892 Since Dec 12, 2016
Difficult

0%
50%
50%
0%

Photos

The remarkable Cloudland Canyon in Winter from one of the numerous overlooks on the West Rim Trail.
Jul 19, 2016 near Trenton, GA
The second of three waterfalls that can be seen just off the trailhead for the West Rim Loop trail. This one can be seen when hiking down into the gorge trail.
Mar 28, 2018 near Trenton, GA
Cherokee Falls
May 29, 2018 near Trenton, GA
Walkway, Cloudland Canyon
Mar 11, 2020 near Trenton, GA
Rim of the canyon
Sep 24, 2018 near Trenton, GA
Rock steps
Mar 11, 2020 near Trenton, GA

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running