Sunday, April 2, 2017, Violets Workshop and Hike through Cloudland Canyon, Dade County

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Cloudland Canyon SP

Sunday, April 2, 2017, Violets Workshop and Hike through Cloudland

Canyon, Dade County

Meet:  10:00 am at the Overlook parking lot in Cloudland Canyon State Park

Halberd-leaf Violet, Viola hastata

Description: Part of Georgia’s Cumberland Plateau province, Cloudland Canyon is a place of great scenic beauty and interesting  wildflowers.   We’ll start the day with a Violet workshop, led by Dr. Harvey Ballard of Ohio University. Dr. Ballard is a world expert in the Violet family.  The workshop should last about an hour.  Afterwards, we’ll practice what we’ve learned as we hike through Cloudland Canyon.  We’ll pass two waterfalls, then hike 2.5 miles along the Sitton’s Gulch Trail.  We should see several species of violets, as well as many other spring delights, including Southern Red Trillium, Trillium sulcatum, Dwarf Larkspur, Delphinium tricorne,  Spotted Mandarin, Prosartes lanuginosa and Spotted Mandarin, Prosartes maculata, among many others.   A few cars will be located at the end of the trail so that we don’t have to climb back up to the top. The hike, including the side trips to the waterfalls is approximately 4 miles. 

Directions: Located on  GA Hy 136, 8 miles east of Trenton and I-59 (Exit #11), and 18 miles west of LaFayette.

From Atlanta take I-75 to exit 320. Go west on GA 136 through Villanow and Naomi (slight jog to left and then right). At Lafayette, take US 27 bypass around town to the north and follow the signs for about 18 miles, staying on GA 136  to the Park’s main entrance. Meet at the Overlook parking area.


Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road
Rising Fawn, GA 30738 
Walker County 

GPS Coordinates:

N 34.8402630 | W -85.4828810

Bring:  Lunch (we may picnic along the trail), plenty of water, comfortable walking shoes, binoculars.

Difficulty:  Moderate, due to ~600 downhill steps leading to the canyon floor.  Otherwise, the trail through the canyon is mostly easy to  moderate.

Facilities:  Available at parking area. 

Note:  A $5 parking pass is required in the park.  Registration is required so as to help in planning the shuttle.  If you are able to help shuttle a few people in your car, please contact Aliya, the trip leader.

Trip Leader:  Aliya Davenport, or 336-209-9789.