"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.
Fort Mountain State Park History
Fort Mountain State Park sits at the southwestern end of the Cohutta Mountains near the Cohutta Wilderness. Sitting at 2,850 ft above sea level, Fort Mountain is a great destination for hiking and history lessons alike. The area in and around the park was home to the Cherokee Indians for hundreds of years, and their legacy is still felt throughout North Georgia today.
Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities
- 3,712 Acres
- 17 Acre Lake
- 15 Cottages
- 70 Tent, Trailer & RV Campsites — site-specific, some seasonal
- 4 Walk-In Campsites
- 6 Platform Campsites
- 1 Group Shelter (seats 80) — seasonal
- 3 Pioneer Campsites
- 4 Backcountry Campsites
- 6 Picnic Shelters
- Sand Beach — seasonal
- CCC Stone Fire Tower — open house every Saturday & Sunday, 1–4 p.m. (weather permitting)
- Gift Shop
Things To Do & See
- Biking — 27 miles of trails
- Educational Programs
- Hiking — 25+ miles of trails
- Horseback Riding — 25+ miles of trails, stables
- Miniature Golf (fee) — seasonal
- Weddings — park approval required
- Jon Boat, Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboard, Aquacycle & Pedal Boat Rental — seasonal
- Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge
- Blue Ridge Mountains
- Calhoun/Gordon County, GA
- Chief Vann House State Historic Site
- Chieftains Trail
- Cohutta Wilderness Area
- Dalton, GA
- Gilmer County, GA
- Funk Heritage Center
- Mountain Top, GA
- New Echota State Historic Site
- Resaca Battlefield
- Southern Highroads Trail
- Cohutta WMA
- Coosawattee-Carter's Lake WMA
In The News
Park 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Office 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fees & Passes
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
181 Fort Mountain Park Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705
N 34.7613010 | W -84.702702