Fort Mountain State Park

A scenic drive on GA Hwy. 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, while stables offer guided horseback rides and stall rental throughout the year.  Park guests may stay overnight in fully equipped cottages, a campground or backpacking campsites.

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Latitude: 34.7597366 Longitude: -84.6935177 Elevation: 2658 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking and Backpacking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Pedal Boats
  • Geo-caching

Seasons Accessible

The park is open year-round, but some activities are seasonal May - October.  Visit the website for details.

Fees

$5 daily park fee; $3 mountain bike fee

ADA Accessibility Notes

Most Georgia state parks offer accessible facilities. Since degrees of accessibility vary among the sites, visitors may find it helpful to call the park or historic site they plan to visit to ensure their needs can be met. Overnight guests should be specific about needs when making reservations.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are welcome at Georgia's State Parks as long as they are on a 6-foot or shorter leash; however, they are not allowed in or around historic sites, lodges, group camps, swimming areas, or some trails at Panola Mountain and Tallulah Gorge.  Dogs must never be left unattended, either in campsites, cottages or vehicles.  Kennels are not available. Owners should clean up after pets.

Dogs are allowed in all regular campgrounds.  No additional fee is charged. Dogs are allowed in select "fido-friendly" cottages with advance reservations. 

A $40 fee per dog (limit 2) is charged.   All state parks that offer cottages have at least one cottage that allows dogs.  Keep in mind that "fido-friendly" cottages often fill quickly.

Please refer to the State Parks website for a complete list of rules and regulations concerning pets under Things To Know.

How to Get There

I-75, Exit 333, GA Hwy. 52/Walnut Ave in Dalton, GA.  Follow Hwy. 52 to the top of Fort Mountain; park entrance on the left.

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