2017 Save The Date - AUGUST 11 - 13

Cloudland Canyon Adventure
Dade County, GA

Join the Georgia Conservancy for an incredible weekend of caving, hiking, live music from All the Locals and all-around outdoor adventure at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Cloudland Canyon is located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain and was formed as Sitton Gulch Creek cut its way into the surrounding sandstone. The canyon’s elevation ranges from 800 feet at the floor to 1,980 feet at the rim. Cloudland Canyon offers scenic walks and challenging hikes, including a trail leading to two cascading waterfalls, Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls.

Guests on our Cloudland Canyon Adventure Weekend can choose between primitive camping or a rustic bunkhouse (four rooms of bunk beds, two gender specific rooms and two co-ed rooms) located on top of the mountain.

All guests will be invited to join in the afternoon activities that include waterfall walk-in hiking, a special caving trip to Howard's Waterfall Cave hosted by Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc., and live soul music.

This year, we're offering a special Georgia Conservancy Cambium Member lodging in Cloudland Canyon's well-appointed cabins located at the canyon rim. Cambium Members will be treated to an American Spirit Works cocktail hour on Friday and Saturday and will be provided with special home-cooked breakfast and a separate lunch. All other meals and activities will be shared with the larger group.



CAMPING - $100

Includes guided adventures, all meals and access to bunkhouse shower facilities


Includes guided adventures, all meals and access to bunkhouse shower facilities

DAY PASS - $60

Includes Saturday's guided adventures


Includes two-night stay in Georgia State Park cabin (room for two), as well as guided adventures, all meals, home cooked Saturday breakfast and special cocktail hour.


Participants have access to GC's REI Gear Bank (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) on this trip for a fee of $5.  Using your account ID #, Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak level and above) have FREE access to the GC REI Gear Bank.

Membership Discounts - A Georgia Conservancy membership comes a number of Stewardship Trips and Events discounts.

Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak Level and above)- use your member id # to receive a discount when registering for a trip. . Having trouble identifying your membership id #? Contact Alexis Torres at atorres@gaconservancy.org




Dates: August 11-13, 2017
*Some of our trips take place on a Friday, so please be aware that you may have to rearrange your work schedule if it begins earlier in the day.


  • Camping, Bunkhouse or Cabins at Cloudland Canyon State Park
  • Live music from All The Locals
  • Guided hikes and caving
  • Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese hors d'oeuvres
  • Café Campesino Coffee
  • Friday dinner, three Saturday meals, Sunday breakfast
  • Camping Gear - Tents, Sleeping bags, and Sleeping pads may be rented through the Georgia Conservancy thanks to our REI Sponsorship.

Capacity: 50 Participants *if trip is full, please contact Ben Fowler for waiting list options.

Staff/Guides: Ben Fowler, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Director, and Laura Buckmaster, Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Coordinator

Hosts: TBD

Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights - Friday through Sunday

Skills/Knowledge Takeaways: Basic camping, hiking and caving skills, flora and fauna identification, Cloudland Canyon history, Leave No Trace Principles, Georgia Conservancy’s mission and goals.

Carpooling/Shuttle (option yes, no): NO, participants are responsible for their own transportation. The Georgia Conservancy does not provide a shuttle from Atlanta to Cloudland Canyon. We are not responsible for organizing carpooling, but if enough participants express interest we will facilitate communication between parties. The reality is carpooling is just a better option because it saves money, promotes the human connection, and truly lessens the automotive impact on the environment.*please note that the Georgia Conservancy DOES provide shuttle services from Atlanta on a number of trips so make sure to always ask.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy: Within 30 days before the start of the trip, you can cancel your reservation for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. After 30 days, you can receive a refund minus a $10 transaction fee, only if we can find someone to take your place. 2 days before a trip we can no longer offer a refund for cancellations.

What to expect after you register for a trip: Upon completion of your registration you will receive a series of emails, including:

  • Confirmation of registration: this email is sent by our payment provider and serves as your payment receipt for the trip and lets you know you’re on the list! (please add receipts@donationpay.org to your safe list to avoid having this receipt end up in your junk folder)
  • Welcome to Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips: this email will be sent by Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Ben Fowler welcoming you to the Cloudland Canyon Weekend. We may ask you for a few details concerning yourself and your party if registering for multiple people.
  • 2 weeks away: A reminder to start getting excited for your upcoming adventure and will include any remaining details or specifics concerning the trip if not explained before (ex. waivers, medical forms, gear checklist, ferry schedule, service work choices, etc.)
  • 1 week away: We are all set and looking forward to seeing you! We may provide updates on any minor trip changes. If it is a service trip, for example, we will provide lists of elected service work or sleeping locations.

The Cloudland Adventure Weekend is one of our Bucket List Adventure Trips. Our Bucket List Trips are once-in-a-lifetime journeys that include adventures in the Cohutta Wilderness, Okefenokee Wilderness, Blackbeard Island Wilderness, Cabretta Beach on Sapelo Island, Cloudland Canyon, Jeykll Island and on the Conasauga River.

Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips Program

If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Ben Fowler at bfowler@gaconservancy.org

Thinking of joining us for a trip? Please read our "Know Before You Go" page for more details.