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Cloudland Canyon: West Rim

Angela and I spent the last day of 2013 hiking the West Rim Trail in Georgia’s Cloudland Canyon State Park. This 5 mile loop was a somewhat challenging hike that offered fantastic views of the valley below. It was a cold New Year’s Eve morning, and in some places the ground was still frozen.

This is the view from our cabin deck, overlooking the canyon below. This was our second time staying at Scenic View Log Cabins, and once again good folks there took care of us. I do recommend Scenic View, but I suggest you bring back -up toilet paper and coffee filters. The cabins are a quick 5-10 minute drive to the heart of the state park.

Cloudland Canyon

Cloudland Canyon

View of the fall from the trailhead. If you’re feeling up to it, and we were not, you can hike down another 3 miles to the lower falls. We admired from above.

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Morning frost

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Yurt Village

Here’s something that I’d never even heard of before – Yurts! These ancient structures, most commonly associated with Mongolia, are known for their durability and portability. Frankly, I think they look cool too. These yurts are raised, insulated, animal proof, heated/cooled, and have accessible water. In addition, the Cloudland yurts have a fire pit and a raised deck. So if you’re in the mood to sort of rough it, I think the Yurt might be a great option. Think of it as a very fancy tent. The Yurt Village was opened in 2013 and prices at the time of our visit were $80, as compared to the $16 camping or the $140 cabins.

Cloudland Canyon

Cloudland Canyon

Cave?

Cloudland Canyon

Angela and I on the hike

About Taylor Lasseigne

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Taylor Lasseigne – Slices of America Webmaster / I was born and raised in the south Louisiana coastal parish of Lafourche. There, I was exposed to the good Cajun people, a bounty of amazing foods, an easygoing way of life, and a lush “sportsman’s paradise” where I first learned to appreciate nature. From a young age, I always showed interest in music. In my college years, after percolating through several state schools, I took a position as a high school music teacher in New Orleans. While music education is my calling, photography has always been a fun escape for me. I enjoy peering through a lens to document our world, and I hope that I can continue to share this pastime with others through Slices of America. / e-mail: taylor at slicesofamerica.com