Fort Mountain State Park
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Introduction

Sitting in the beautiful landscape of Northwest Georgia, the awe-inspiring Fort Mountain State Park borders the Cohutta wilderness, stretching over 3,712 acres of land. The park is famous for its 885-foot long mysterious rock wall. Located north of Atlanta, in between the cities of Chatsworth and Ellijay, this state park is a bucket list worthy destination for RV campers. For nature enthusiasts, the park boasts multiple hiking and biking trails winding through the canopy. Apart from exploring the gorgeous scenery, the park offers visitors a myriad of activities including fishing, horseback riding, boating, golfing, picnicking, and swimming. The weather is relatively humid and windy, except for winter when there could be freshly fallen snow on the ground.

Nothing beats the tranquility of this place. Once inside there are plenty of parking lots available. If you are lucky enough you might encounter black bears. Fort Mountain has some of the most well-preserved Georgian history, making it ideal for history lovers and RV campers. At the parks highest point you will find ruins of the ancient wall dating back to 500 AD. Interestingly, history is silent on the actual builders of the wall and its purpose, leaving it to speculation. Not far from the park’s offices, a gradual hike through the loop trail leads to the 4-story Fire Tower. Built in 1930, this historic building was used as a fire lookout tower by the Civilian Conservation Corps. If you visit the tower area, you will love the breathtaking views of the vast Cohutta Wilderness and Blue Ridge Mountains.

Fort Mountain State Park has enough activities for everyone including families, solo travelers, RV campers, and backpackers. The park’s Scenic Overlooks provide awesome views of the stunning works of nature. It is busiest during weekends and holidays. At an elevation of 3,800 feet, you can catch a glimpse of the perfect sunset.

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Transportation in Fort Mountain State Park

Driving

Located 8 miles from Chatsworth, GA, the steep road leading to Fort Mountain State Park is challenging to navigate, with lots of twists and curves. Exercise caution and drive slowly as you absorb the panoramic views of the vast desert. An alternative is to take the route from Ellijay, which is quite lengthy at 18 miles but less steep. To get the most out of your stay here you can engage the friendly park rangers and staff for questions or advice.

Some sections of the park are steep and not leveled making it difficult for large trailers. Generally, the park is easily accessible on foot with some trails accessible by cars and mountain bikes.

There are seven parking lots dotted around the park, so you should be able to find ample parking for RVs and vehicles. Parking lots are located near the park entrance, around the Lake Trail, and in the northern end of the park. If you are staying overnight you can leave your camper parked at your campsite.

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Campgrounds and parking in Fort Mountain State Park

Campsites in Fort Mountain State Park

Reservations camping

Fort Mountain State Park Campground

Fort Mountain State Park Campground is a dog and kid-friendly campground that is open all year round. 70 campsites are open for tent and RV campers.

This camping area is divided into two sections: Campground 1 and Campground 2. Both offer showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, and a handicapped area. You can use the fire ring and grill at your campsite to cook up a nice meal. You can then enjoy a quiet picnic at the picnic area or a thrilling game of mini-golf. Other amenities include a dump station and bear-proof trash cans. The gravel pavements are fairly level and easily accessible. Both campgrounds supply water and electricity. The park offers 30 amp and 50 amp power hookups. The cellphone and network services are extremely poor. For your groceries supplies and cell services, you will have to visit the nearest town center of Chatsworth. The park can accommodate a trailer of up to 50 feet. However, trailers less than 38 feet are the most suitable in terms of parking availability. If you want to bring a large trailer you will need to check with the park’s offices first.

Occasionally, Old Fort road and trailhead parking lots may be closed during winter due to snowing. Campsites are available for reservations up to 13 months in advance. For camping in the 4 remote back country campsites along the Gahuti trail, a reservation is required. 15 renovated cabins are also available for rent. Hiking trails nearby range from easy to moderate and are dog-friendly.

First-come first-served

First Come-First Served

There are no first-come, first-served campgrounds at Fort Mountain State Park.

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Seasonal activities in Fort Mountain State Park

In-Season

Swimming

Within the facility, there is the seven-acre 7 acre Fort Mountain Park Lake situated near the Campground 1. Swimming is open to the public from Memorial Day up to Labor Day. Young ones can have fun swimming across the man-made lake on a sunny day.

Boating and Beach Recreation

The beach gives a taste of a coastal feeling in the heart of the wilderness. After a long day trek, the beach offers a cool spot on the lake shores to relax during the summer. Here you can enjoy sun basking, taking strolls across the beach, or renting pedal boats for the young ones to ride. Other fun activities include kayaking, surfing, and canoeing.

Hiking

Meandering across the park are multiple hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. The most popular treks include the one-mile lake Loop trail, the Stone Tower trail, the Big Rock trail and Overlook trail. Categorized as a moderate trek, the rugged terrain requires hiking boots for ease of access. During this epic hike, you can spot numerous birds of prey, deer, and wild turkeys. The Lake Loop is the easiest and shortest hike. For a more challenging yet rewarding hike you can choose the eight-mile Gahuti Trail that transverses through the Cohutta Wilderness. To conquer this route you will need to have some degree of fitness and make sure to carry enough water.

Off-Season

Horseback Riding

Horseback riders can enjoy the incredible scenery across the 35 miles of designated equestrian trail. This guided adventure is run by the privately owned Fort Mountain Stables in partnership with Fort Mountain State Park. In addition, you can rent a stall for your horse. If you are bringing your horses in your trailer you’ll love the chance to ride on horseback through the stunning wilderness of the park.

Fishing

Fort Mountain State Park allows fishing in the lake. For this activity, it is mandatory to have a Georgia or State fishing license. Fishing lovers will be thrilled at the chance to catch the freshwater fish such as catfish, bream, and largemouth bass. Fishing is restricted to the banks only. So don’t forget to pack your fishing gear in your camper!

Biking

The 27 miles of biking trails are made up of 4 loop trails including the one-mile Lake Loop Trail, six-mile Goldmine Loop, seven-mile Cool Springs Loop, and the 14-mile East-West Loop Trail.

Apart from Loop trail, you will require a permit to ride on the rest of the loops. The Loop trail around the lake is the easiest to navigate and is kid friendly, while the East-West trail is the most challenging. You will love riding past the beautiful waterfalls of Mill Creek and Goldmine Creek streams.

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