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.

Canyon Climbers LOGO

(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!


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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4 Responses to MISSION ACCOMPLISHED thanks to Kate!!!

  1. Susan Ernest says:

    How sweet of Kate!! Makes me want to do it. Congrats to all of you!!!

    • bwebbjr says:

      Yes indeed, I have been blessed by a very loving and sweet niece. I highly recommend the experience … I would make weekend trips out of the Providence Canyon and Cloudland Canyon hikes since they are so far from home (although based on where you live Cloudland is pretty close.) Thanks for reading the blog, for the comment and for the congrats … family love to you Susan! Bernie

  2. jimdavenport says:

    I am not much of a hiker any more … so I admire your and Noah’s tenacity!! Kate helped put the final “brick” in the project … what a precious act of kindness. This accomplishment will remain in Noah’s heart for his entire lifetime … and he will remember how his heroic grandfather hiked each of the trails with him whether physically present or there in spirit. Congratulations to Noah, Bernie and Kate for completing this challenge. Jim

    • bwebbjr says:

      Thanks Jim … and Kate made the moment all the more special for Noah by telling the Park Ranger as he punched our card that she had done this hike in honor of Noah’s Dad, her Uncle Bernie as he struggles in his fight against cancer. A heart imprint indeed ,,, God be glorified!!! Bernie

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