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.

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 — 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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Wildflower and Waterfall Get Fit Level 1 Hike
Sunday 9:30 AM - 11 AM – Jul 30, 2017 until Aug 13, 2017 
Join a Ranger on this easy to moderate hike around the Lake and Big Rock Trails. Hike will take around 1.5 hours. A great way to get fit while learning about the park and wildflowers. Wear closed toed shoes. Meet at the Group Shelter near the beach.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Soak It In
Hidden Gem Waterfall Get Fit Level 2 Hike
Sunday 9 AM - 12 PM – Aug 6, 2017 until Aug 20, 2017 
Join a Ranger on this moderately strenuous hike. Hike will take around 2 hours and will be to the Hidden Gem Waterfall. If there has not been enough rain, the hike will be to the scenic view overlooking the Cold Spring Mountains on a combination of the Gahuti and Gold Mine Creek Trails.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Hidden GemSoak It In
Fort Mountain Monthly Volunteer Days
Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
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Fort Mountain State Park will be offering a different volunteer opportunity each month. See additional event details for specific projects. $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.
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

Fort Mountain State Park