Tourism in Dade County

Cloudland Canyon State Park

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Cloudland Canyon State Park in Dade County, Georgia
Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon State Park is one of the most scenic parks in Georgia, offering rugged geology and beautiful vistas. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton's Gulch Creek, and elevation ranges from 800 to 1,980 feet.

The most spectacular view into the canyon is found near the picnic area parking lot; however, additional views can be found along the rim trail. Hardy visitors who hike to the bottom of the gorge (including a 600-step staircase) find two waterfalls cascading over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below. For visitor safety, wading in pools and climbing on waterfalls is not allowed.

Cottages are located near the canyon edge, while the park’s walk-in campsites provide exceptional privacy for tents. Be sure to stop by the office gift shop for hiking sticks, camping supplies, snacks, toys, disc golf supplies, books and more. Outdoor lovers should not miss this park’s spectacular scenery.

Park Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Gates lock at 10 p.m. (No late access.)
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-657-4050

FACILITIES:
  • 3,485 Acres
  • 72 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$28)
  • 30 Walk-in Campsites ($15)
  • 11 Backcountry Campsites ($9/person)
  • 16 Cottages ($125-$145) -- #6 and #7 are dog friendly ($40 per dog, max 2)
  • 5 Picnic Shelters ($40)
  • 1 Group Shelter (seats 175, $130)
  • Pioneer Campground ($45)
  • Group Lodge (sleeps 40, $205)
  • Gift Shop
ACTIVITIES:
  • GeoCaching
  • Hiking - 4.8-mile West Rim Loop, 2-mile Waterfalls Trail, 2-mile Backcountry Loop, 6.5-mile Sitton's Gulch Trail and 5.6-mile Long Branch Trail
  • Picnicking
  • Tennis
  • Disc Golf ($2)
  • Fishing -- Catfish pond is closed until Labor Day Weekend.
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Forester Farms and Apiary

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Forester Farms and Apiary is a locally-owned and operated business in Rising Fawn, Georgia. We specialize in bee hive woodenware and supplies, square foot garden frames, custom saw milling, woodworking, and sustainable farming. We also do swarm removal. We are a distributor for Mann Lake beekeeping supplies and Bon Aqua Springs woodware and supplies.


Owner and operator Derick Forester is a third generation beekeeper, certified by Young Harris College and University of Georgia Beekeeper Institute. Our bee business is in memory of Derick's granddad and uncle who are the other 2 generations of keeping bees. In 2015, we came up with this picture to use for our honey labels and product labels. It is the original barn and corn crib here on Forester farms. The car was a 1947 Willis coupe that belonged to granddad Homer Lee Forester. It was modified to have a wood bed for hauling cotton and other farm products.

"I am a third generation Bee keeper, promoting Beekeeping and Sustainable Farming. My Uncle and Grandfather kept bees also. The Forester's have been farming in the Rising Fawn area since 1838.  My uncle passed away it 1978, when I was 16 and my grandfather was getting too old to keep the bees, so I took the opportunity in 2010 to take a class with the Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association to update my skills in beekeeping. So many things had changed from the way we were keeping bees. We now have problems of pests and diseases and also the growing problem on spraying insecticides, which was causing a major decline in our bee population."


"After taking this class which was very informative, I was back into beekeeping and carrying on my family tradition. I also love doing wood working, so I started making my own hives for my bees and going to a couple of the association meetings in the area. Several new beekeepers asked me if I would make them a hive set for their bees.  I started building and making wooden ware and picking up a few supplies and selling them also. Today I am a distributor for a couple of different companies that supply me with quantity and quality beekeeping supplies. Within a couple of years, we began to grow with honey production and related products, such as beeswax candles and creamed honey to add to our beekeeping supplies."


"Coming in 2018, we will be adding a farm stand to sell our grown products here. My grandfather's old house is being converted into a Honey House/Retail Store - come sit on the porch.  We added a high tunnel house to the farm in 2016, where we can extend our growing season and provide great produce almost year around.  This was a Department of Natural Resources federal funding (NRCS). A small greenhouse here at the farm helps us start our own plants and we will also be starting to grow bee pollination plants to sell. Our main goal is promoting beekeeping and providing quality products to our friends and neighbors and the hobbyist beekeeper.  We also support our local beekeepers associations in the area. "

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G3 Adventures & Cave Exploration

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G3 Adventures & Caving in Dade County
Dade County is at the center of one of the world's most exciting regions for caving. Spectacular caves in this area contribute to the reputation of the area where Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia meet (known to the caving community as the "TAG" region)

Popular caves in northwest Georgia include Ellison's Cave, Pettijohn's Cave and Byers Cave. With a depth or vertical extent of 1,063 feet and a length of 64,030 feet (almost 12 miles), Ellison's Cave in Walker County is the 12th deepest and 52nd longest cave in the United States.

The two deepest cave drops in the continental United States occur in Ellison's Cave: "Fantastic," which drops 586 feet, and "Incredible," which drops 440 feet. Pettijohn's Cave, also in Walker County, has more than six miles of passages, and the Byers Cave system in Dade County has passages totaling five and a half miles.

G3 Adventures was started as Georgia Girl Guides in 2011. G3 Adventures is an adventure guiding service in the Northwest Georgia Mountains and currently operate out of Cloudland Canyon State Park on Lookout Mountain with a goal to share their love of nature with you.

"We hope that you leave with a new appreciation for the natural world above and below ground."

G3 began as a simple idea by two women shared over a cup of coffee. What started as an idea has become a thriving business that continues to grow every year. G3 Adventures is constantly adding new tours, new adventures, and new experiences, and they encourage you to experience our motto: No Destination, Just Exploration! read more

Lookout Mountain Flight Park

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Lookout Mountain Flight Park - Dade County, Georgia
Lookout Mountain Flight Park is the largest and most popular full time hang gliding school and resort in the United States. Each year, the school teaches, certifies and solos five times as many pilots as any other school.

The flight park is located in Dade County at 7201 Scenic Hwy, Rising Fawn, GA, and includes a 110-acre mountain resort with camping and lodging conveniently located in its landing zone. Amenities include: cabins, clubhouse, bunkhouse,bathhouse, swimming pool, volleyball court, shaded
pavilions and more.

When the park is open, morning classes are offered (weather permitting) every day of the year (except Christmas Day), and evening classes by special arrangement. The pro shop and office are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern time) every day except Wednesday. The shop and office are also closed Tuesdays during our off-season (mid-October to mid-April).

If you are planning to visit and try this exciting sport, you should arrive at the pro shop on top of the mountain at 8 a.m. (Eastern time). Bring jeans or other long pants, sneakers or running shoes, and clothing appropriate for the season to wear during your lesson.  Bring a change of clothes for after the class. To prepare for your first flight, walking, jogging or climbing stairs for a couple of weeks before you come can help make your training lessons easier.

Lookout Mountain Flight Park is located on top of Lookout Mountain above Trenton, GA, 10 miles southwest of Chattanooga, TN, on Georgia Highway 189. If you plan on flying into this area, Lovell Field (Chattanooga) is the nearest airport.

For detailed directions, visit www.hanglide.com or call 800-688-5637.

Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater

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The world's largest outdoor movie theater, with two 100' x 50' movie screens showing double features, is located on 45 acres nestled in the scenic mountains of northwest Georgia. With more than 1,000 parking places, you may choose to stay in your car or watch from the adjacent landscaped grassy hillside in lawn chairs or on a blanket.

A well-stocked concession stand serves the finest in movie theater popcorn, snacks and fast food at very reasonable prices, and first-class restrooms mean no waiting to get back to the show.,  A grassy area is also available to play catch with the kids before the movie starts.

Open weekends during the spring, summer and fall months, Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater combines modern theater entertainment with the fun of a day at the park.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at 9:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April - October.  Check website for movie schedule and special events: www.wildernesstheater.com

Other Popular Activities

Hiking is very popular in and around Dade County. Cloudland Canyon State Park has some of the most scenic trails in the Southeast.

Both road biking and mountain biking are also popular here in Dade. A large portion of Lookout Mountain Parkway has recently been designated as part of the Chattahoochee Trace route of the Georgia Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and the National Off Road Bicycling Association (NORBA) holds meetings atop scenic Lookout Mountain.

If camping and fishing are what you seek, look no further than Lookout Lake just off Hwy. 136 on Lookout Mountain.

Picturesque Lookout Creek can be paddled by canoe or kayak. Put in near Rising Fawn, GA and take out near highway 136 in Trenton.

You will find our local golf courses to be both scenic and challenging.