Fort Mountain State Park

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

CAMPFIRE BAN: Due to drought conditions and high winds, all fires are banned in the park at this time. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire anywhere on the park (including fire rings in developed campsites) is prohibited. The potential for wildfire activity is very high across much of Georgia where severe to exceptional drought conditions are being experienced. Commercially available fuel stoves (camp stoves) are excluded from this restriction.

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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 ($145–$250) — #5 & #6 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 70 Campsites ($27–$32) — some seasonal
• 4 Walk-in Campsites ($18)
• 6 Platform Campsites ($12)
• Group Shelter (seats 80, $75–$100) — seasonal
• 3 Pioneer Camps ($50)
• 4 Backcountry Campsites ($10/person)
• 17-Acre Lake with Swimming Beach — seasonal
• 7 Picnic Shelters ($30–$55)
Old CCC Stone Fire Tower
• Historic CCC Fire Tower Open House — every Saturday, 1–4 p.m.
• 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 & 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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5th Annual Black Bear Plunge
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 1 PM to 4:30 PM
Are you brave enough to start off the New Year with a chilling plunge into the lake at Fort Mountain? Take part in a Fort Mountain tradition that keeps growing each year.  $15–20 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
First Day Hike at Fort Mountain
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Start the year off right with a First Day Hike to the Stone Wall, Historic CCC Fire Tower and West Overlook to take in some breathtaking views. This is a moderate, rocky one-mile hike with plenty of nature, history and sightseeing to satisfy the whole family. Please register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Fort Mountain Monthly Volunteer Days
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 10 AM to 10:30 PM
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Fort Mountain State Park will be offering a different volunteer each month. See additional event details for specific projects. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
DoubleTop [DoubleTap] 100 Trail Race
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 5 PM
The DoubleTop[DoubleTap] 100 is a 100 mile, 100 km, and 50 km trail race in the Cohutta Mountains in northern Georgia. Click event title for more details. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
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.
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
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.
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