One of my favorite places to visit in North Georgia near Ellijay, GA is Fort Mountain State Park. It is located off Highway 52 in the Cohutta Wilderness between Ellijay and Chatsworth. My wife and a couple of kids will typically stay at the cabin, while I take the boys camping.
Fort Mountain State Park is only about a 30-minute ride from The Twins and offers everything you need for a fun day outdoors. There is an 8-mile loop trail, that can be broken up into a leisurely hike to the Stone Tower or a more strenuous backwoods trail.
Personally, we like to get off the path and rent one of the four Primitive Campsites along the loop path. Each one has its benefits- view, location, water access, etc… We are into hammock camping, so with a loaded backpack, we head off into the woods to get away from it all and enjoy nature. There are some bears, so I wouldn’t recommend bringing the dog. Bears don’t typically mess with you, but remember to hang your food items from a tree if you are spending the night.
The Stone Tower offers a great view and conveniently located near a parking lot at the end of the main road. This place is full of history. The state park derived its name from an ancient 885-foot-long rock wall located on the peak. Nobody knows for sure who built the wall, however archeologists have suggested many creators from prehistoric aborigines, legendary Welsh explorer Madoc, and even a honeymoon haven for Cherokee newlyweds.
The store and office at the entrance makes everything very easy. You can talk with the Park Rangers, who are full of useful information.
The park offers something for everyone. During summer, visitors can cool off on a lakeside beach. Park guests may stay overnight in fully equipped cottages, a campground or backpacking campsites.
Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities
17 Acre Lake
62 Tent, Trailer & RV Campsites — 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)
Things To Do & See
Biking — 27 miles of trails
First Time Camper Program
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
GPS Coordinates- N 34.7613010 | W -84.702702
Author – Mike Padgett
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