Back in April of last year, in a blog post I shared a journey that my grandson Noah and I were beginning to hike all four Georgia State Park Canyon Climbers trails and earn a T-shirt. You can read the post and see the pictures of the Providence Canyon trail here. Providence Canyon is the only one of the four that has a southwest USA look and feel to it.
Due to the cancer complications I have experienced since early winter, I have been unable to complete the fourth and final hike at Cloudland Canyon in Northwest Georgia. So my loving niece Kate volunteered to do the final hike in my place with Noah so we could earn our t-shirt. Thank Kate!!!
So Saturday morning found Noah (complete with his cousin’s Go-Pro camera) at canyon rim’s edge ready to complete the final hike and earn the coveted t-shirt.
(Note: Everything within double quotes for remainder of
post has been pulled verbatim from
Georgia State Parks websites. bw)
“CANYON CLIMBERS CLUB — Get a card, hike 4 trails, earn a t-shirt.”
“Georgia’s Canyon Climbers Club is for those few who have scaled to the top of Amicalola Falls, explored the depths of Providence Canyon, braved the swinging bridge in Tallulah Gorge and mastered the staircase in Cloudland Canyon.”
“Hike all four parks and earn a Canyon Climbers Club t-shirt!”
“One of Georgia’s most photographed landscapes is Providence Canyon State Park in the southwest. The beautiful multi-hued soil of these canyons was originally exposed after farmers used poor erosion control during the 1800s. Today, the area is a protected state park with 10 miles of trails and backpacking sites. A surprising feature of the park is the perpetually wet canyon floor. The exposed water table creates a pretty pattern in the sand, called a “braided stream.” Club members need to hike the loop trail, with a side trip into scenic canyon 5, to complete their 1.5-mile quest. Because the park’s visitor center is now closed, membership cards are punched at Florence Marina State Park, a short drive away.”
“The 729-foot Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascade east of the Mississippi River. A paved, one-mile Base of Falls Trail begins at the bottom and climbs up the mountain while following the water’s edge. Overlooks and staircases with a total of 604 steps provide excellent views, and thankfully a few benches offer places to rest. Club members must hike this red-blazed trail to get their card punched. Amicalola Falls State Park is near Dawsonville in the middle of north Georgia. Overnight accommodations include a mountain-top lodge, rental cottages and campground.”
An added note here … many Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine trail) thru-hikers begin from this park as the start of the AT is a short 8 mile aways at Springer Mountain. bw
“Tallulah Gorge State Park in northeast Georgia is one of the most spectacular canyons in the South. The 1,000-foot-deep gorge was crossed twice by high wire acrobats – Professor Leon in 1886 and Karl Wallenda in 1970. Today, visitors can hike from one side to the other via a suspension bridge swaying 80 feet from the bottom. The staircases leading to the bridge include 310 steps from the north rim and 340 from the south rim – quite a workout for visitors who complete the whole journey. However, Canyon Climbers Club members need walk only up and down from the north rim’s overlook 2.”
Here is a photoblog of this trail from a December 2013 hike. From the canyon’s north rim to canyon floor at Hurricane Falls and up to the south rim is 1,099 steps. And I proudly drink my coffee from a mug for the Tallulah Gorge celebrating that 1,099 step accomplishment. There has been a lot of talk in recent months that Karl Wallenda’s great grandson wants to repeat the tightrope (or cable) accomplishment of his great grandfather … but to this point nothing firm has been set. bw
“On the edge of Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia sits Cloudland Canyon State Park. The rugged gorge has more than six miles of hiking trails, including the one-mile Waterfalls Trail with a 600-step staircase. During very dry summers, the park’s two waterfalls can shrink to a trickle, yet the rugged scenery of this park remains some of the best in the state. Club members must hike down the Waterfalls Trail, and back up of course, to get their card punched.”
On the canyon floor of Cloudland Canyon at one of the two waterfalls … MISSION ACCOMPLISHED … t-shirt earned … thanks to Kate!
Praising God this morning for the ever embracing love of family!