Fort Mountain State Park

 

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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.

Directions

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).


Address
181 Fort Mountain Park Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Murray County
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Phone
706-422-1932

Happy Tails Dog Hike
Saturday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Feb 25, 2017 
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
Bring your four-legged companion and join a ranger on this short and easy 1.1 mile hike around the Lake Trail. Join this new dog walking club, and hike all 7 "Tails on Trails" trails to earn special rewards. Dog must be leashed at all times. Meet at the picnic shelter closest to the beach. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
For the Love of Mystery - Guided Hike
Sunday 1 PM - 2:30 PM – Feb 26, 2017 
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
The origin of the stone wall at Fort Mountain is mystery. There are numerous theories of who built it, and why. Join a ranger on a guided hike on the West Overlook and Stone Wall Trails. Learn about the different theories of the origin of the wall... $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
For the Love of the View - Guided Hike
Friday 1 PM - 2:30 PM – Mar 3, 2017 
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
The West Overlook provides one of, if not the the best long range views in Georgia. There is a sweeping view of the Cohutta Wilderness, plains, and farmland below. Join a ranger for a guided hike along the Stone Tower Combo Trail and witness this stunning view for yourself. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Get Fit Hike Level 2
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 12 PM to 2:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
Join a ranger on this fairly strenuous 4.5 mile, approximately 2 hour hike. A great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and exercise at the same time. Wear hike appropriate clothing, and a bring a water bottle. Meet at the Cool Springs Overlook. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Children's Wild Fitness Hike
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
Have fun, get outdoors, and get active acting like some of our local wildlife. Join a ranger on this hike around the lake trail. We will mimic wildlife movements and learn about wildlife at the same time. $5 parking. 706-922-1432.
Shamrock Fun Day
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 12 PM to 4:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
Celebrate St. Patrick‚Äôs Day at Fort Mountain. Learn about the history of gold in North Georgia, pan for gold, hike the Gold Mine Trail, see if you can get lucky and complete the scavenger hunt, try your luck with the games, have your face painted, and get creative with a craft.  $1-$5. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Dressed to the K9s Dog Hike
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
Bring your dog dressed in their best outfit and join a ranger on an easy 1.1 mile hike around the Lake Trail. Join our new dog walking club and hike all 7 "Tails on Trails" to earn special rewards. Dog must be leashed at all times. Meet at the picnic shelter closest to the beach. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
Fort Mountain Monthly Volunteer Days
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 10 AM to 10:30 PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
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Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
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.
Wild About Waterfalls Hike
Monday, May 29, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
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
National Trails Day at Fort Mountain
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Fort Mountain State Park
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.
Contacts
Brian Ensley
706-422-1932  Park Manager, Fort Mountain State Park

james jones
601-798-7933 

Mr. Tommy Ray Crabb
706-947-3710  Assistant Manager, DNR Tugaloo State Park