Fort Mountain State Park

Fort Mountain State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-422-1932

 

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"Mystery shrouds the ancient stone wall of Fort Mountain State Park, located near the Cohutta Wilderness, offering you a look back in time to the previous inhabitants, as you discover 60 miles of recreational trails and majestic overlooks."

A scenic drive on Highway 52 near the Cohutta Wilderness leads visitors to this mountain getaway. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders will find some of the most beautiful trails in Georgia, winding through hardwood forest and blueberry thickets, crossing streams and circling a pretty lake. Hikers can also explore a stone fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and an ancient rock wall which stand on the highest point of the mountain. The mysterious 855-foot-long wall is thought to have been built by early Indians as fortification against more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies. 

During summer, visitors can cool off on a lakeside beach. Park guests may stay overnight in fully equipped cottages, a campground or backpacking campsites.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/FortMountain

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Gates lock at 10 p.m. No late access.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 3,712 Acres
• 15 Cottages — #5 & #6 are dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 70 Campsites — some seasonal
• 4 Walk-in Campsites
• 6 Platform Campsites
• Group Shelter (seats 80) — seasonal
• 3 Pioneer Camps
• 4 Backcountry Campsites
• 7 Picnic Shelters
• 17-Acre Lake with Swimming Beach — seasonal
Old CCC Stone Fire Tower
• Historic CCC Fire Tower Open House —every Saturday & Sunday, 1–4 p.m., weather permitting
• Gift Shop

Things To Do & See:

• First Time Camper Program
• Hiking — 25+ miles of trails
• Horseback Riding — stables; 25+ miles of trails; rules of equestrian trail use
• Backpacking
• Mountain Biking (trail fee) — 27 miles of trails
• Swimming — seasonal
• Fishing
• Boat Rental — seasonal
• Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard, Aquacycle & Pedal Boat Rental — seasonal
• Miniature Golf (fee) — seasonal
• Playground
• Geocaching
• Field Trips & Scout Programs
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge
Blue Ridge Mountains
Calhoun/Gordon County
Chief Vann House Historic Site
• Chieftans Trail
• Cohutta Wilderness Area
Dalton, Georgia
Gilmer County
• Funk Heritage Center
• Mountain Top, GA
New Echota Historic Site
• Southern Highroads Trail

Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns


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Events
Wild About Waterfalls Hike
Monday, May 29, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Ever wonder where to see a cascading waterfall at Fort Mountain? Join a park ranger on a guided hike on the Lake Trail and Big Rock Trail. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Soak It In
Summer Kick Off Weekend and Memorial Day
Monday, May 29, 2017 10 AM to 6 PM
Friday thru Monday will be packed full of activities for the entire family including wildlife talks, crafts, s'mores, cornhole, face painting, games, archery and hikes.  $1-$10 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Soak It In
National Trails Day at Fort Mountain
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 10 AM
Come join us in celebrating National Trails Day at Fort Mountain! Explore the diverse trails and environments that the park has to offer and participate in a variety of children's activities.  $1 - $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Fort Mountain Monthly Volunteer Days
Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
More Dates...
Fort Mountain State Park will be offering a different volunteer each month. See additional event details for specific projects. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Family Fun at Fort Mountain
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 7 PM
Join us for active outdoor fun with your family at Fort Mountain. Enjoy a variety of activities throughout the weekend such as archery, crafts, hikes, wildlife watching, and more.  $3-$10 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Get Fit Level 1 Waterfall Hike
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Join a ranger on this 1.6 mile hike around the Lake Trail and Big Rock Trail. The approximate 1 hour hike will start off easy around the lake, be moderately difficult for a small stretch as you pass the waterfall, and end with an easy stretch along side the lake. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Soak It In
Fort Mountain Junior Ranger Camp
Monday, Jul 17, 2017 9 AM
Children ages 6-12 can discover the great outdoors at Fort Mountain during our week long Junior Ranger Camp. Each day will have a special theme with hikes, water activities, outdoor skills, nature watching, crafts and more. Lunch is provided. Space is limited.  $60 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Mystery Mountain Marathon and 12 Miler
Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 8 AM to 5 PM
Marathon and 12-mile trail races traversing difficult, sometimes technical but stunningly beautiful trails, featuring panoramic views of fall foliage displayed on the surrounding mountains. Climbing and descending for more than 15,000 feet of elevation change.  $35-$65 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Lake Trail Cleanup and Maintenance: Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
We will be giving the Lake Trail some tender loving care. You will be able to help with everything from picking up litter to installing new timbers to help prevent erosion. No parking pass necessary if volunteering with this project. 706-422-1932.
Address/Directions
Fort Mountain State Park
181 Fort Mountain Park Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Murray County


GPS Coordinates:

N 34.7613010 | W -84.702702
Located 8 miles east of Chatsworth via Highway 52 (take I-75 exit #333 toward Highway 411).


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Fort Mountain State Park
181 Fort Mountain Park Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705 View Details


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Fort Mountain State Park