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Hemlock Falls - Cloudland Canyon | by John Cothron
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Hemlock Falls - Cloudland Canyon

Until last year, Hemlock Falls were simply known as Waterfall #2, one of the two prominent waterfalls in Cloudland Canyon State Park. A contest was held in 2011 to name both falls.


Cloudland Canyon is located in northwest Georgia near the town of Trenton. On top of Lookout Mountain, the canyon was formed by Daniel and Bear Creek which cut gorges through the rock before joining to become Sitton Gulch Creek. Both falls are located on Daniel Creek.


The canyon itself is more than 1000 feet deep, and to reach the falls you will get to experience every one of them. The two mile Waterfalls Trail is at approximately 40 degree angle and mostly composed of stair cases.


Another shot of Hemlock from the right side of the canyon. Cloudland is narrow enough that just about any comp you choose that isn't strait at the falls puts you on the hill to one side or the other. The other interesting thing I noticed about Hemlock is evidence of the previous water levels. There was actually quite a large amount of sediment on the rocks which surprised me for a mountain stream. Apparently it was quite deep at some point earlier in the year.


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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Exposure: 4.0 sec at f/16, ISO 50

Lens: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE

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Taken on April 14, 2012