Atlanta TrailsbyTrailful Outdoor Co

An ancient, mysterious stone wall zigzags over a soaring mountain summit, stretching an epic 885 feet in length. Birds of prey soar overhead, herds of deer scatter below. The scenery is strikingly beautiful, and the views from the nearby overlook are far-flung, distant, and indefinitely memorable. Fort Mountain State Park is, by far, one of Georgia’s most scenic and beautiful places.

Nestled just south of the remote, wild Cohutta Wilderness, and located just west of Ellijay and Blue Ridge, Fort Mountain rises sharply from the surrounding, rolling landscape. This towering ridge is named for its mysterious stone wall, of disputed Native American origin dating back some legions of centuries. The park features more than 50 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails that wind and wander through the park’s exceptionally beautiful landscape.

This Georgia State Park boasts multiple overlooks that peer from lofty heights, outward to the distant neighboring Blue Ridge Mountains. The tranquil waters of the mountain’s lake nestle in the forest, offering a beautiful venue for the park’s campground and sandy beach. A multistory stone fire tower, constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and recently renovated by the park, towers high on the mountain’s summit. And the long, serpentine stone wall meanders across the mountain, origin unknown, thought to be either ceremonial in nature or some form of primitive defense.

The park’s beautiful lands are abundant, stretching over 3700 acres, and are one of Georgia’s top destinations for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and sunset-watching. Explore the mountain’s beauty, and stay awhile: the park’s recently renovated, comfy cabins carry a rustic/modern cottage decor and make for an awesome multi-night stay at the park.

Hike, bike, paddle, camp, and soak up some North Georgia beauty at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth. With more than 50 miles of trails, spectacular summit views and abundant outdoor beauty, it's one of our favorite Georgia hiking and biking destinations. #hiking #camping #backpacking #atlanta #georgia #travel #outdoors #adventure

Fort Mountain hiking

This park has long been one of our favorite hiking destinations in Georgia. More than 10 miles of prime, well-maintained hiking trails visit the park’s most scenic, historic and stunning areas, trailing to gorgeous mountain overlooks, historic structures, a tumbling waterfall, and a placid lake.


With over 27 miles of prime mountain biking trails, Fort Mountain is one of the most scenic and popular mountain biking destinations in Georgia’s state parks. Hit the trail on the Lake Loop, a 1.2-mile loop that’s beginner (and kid) friendly. Or for a more challenging adventure, pedal the 6-mile Gold Mine Loop, or tackle some difficult terrain on the park’s 7-mile Cool Springs Loop or 14-mile East-West Loop trails. (Note: a $3 permit is required to ride the Gold Mine Loop, Cool Springs Loop, and East-West Loop; check the park’s website for permit availability and trail notices.)


The mountain’s 17-acre lake laps its shore gently in the cool summit breezes, its glassy surface reflecting the surrounding scenic forest. In warm-weather months, paddle the lake by canoe or kayak, or explore the lake by pedal boat (rentals available). Or for a great workout, rent a stand-up paddleboard, a new sport that combines kayaking and surfing on a large, stable stand-up board.

Fort Mountain camping and cabins

The mountain’s lofty elevation and breezy summit make for some amazing North Georgia camping and memorable nights underneath the stars.

  • Fort Mountain State Park cabins: our review of the newly-renovated cottages

    Fort Mountain Cottages & Cabins

    If cozy cabin life is your goal, the park’s newly renovated cottages are well worth a stay! Several are dog-friendly, too, so you won’t have to leave your favorite four-legged adventurer at home. For the ultimate stay, overnight in the park’s newly renovated cottages. They’re bright, modern and spacious, and blend rustic, vintage lakehouse charm with upscale modern furnishings. They feature oversized screened porches, a woodburning stove, fully-equipped kitchens and crisp, clean linens. They’re nestled in a forest near the mountain’s lake.

  • Top campsites

    The park features 70 campsites near the lake, offering electric and water hookups, and easy access to the park’s best hiking trails. Each campsite also features a fire ring (s’mores, anyone?) and picnic table, and they’re offered in two sizes to accommodate tents and small campers or large RVs. Bring the family for a summertime adventure, and beat the heat at the lake’s sandy swimming beach, or play away the day on the park’s large playground.

    Catch an adventure (and some epic sunsets) in the park’s backcountry, and backpack the 8.2-mile Gahuti Trail through some of the mountain’s more remote stretches. Pack it in, and overnight at one of the Gahuti Trail’s four campsites (reservations required); site #4, Rock Creek, is our favorite for its nearby views and location near a trickling, clear creek.

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Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.