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Camping at Fort Mountain State Park

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Overview of Fort Mountain State Park

Fort Mountain State Park is a scenic state park located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in North Georgia, near the town of Chatsworth. The park offers a mix of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, such as hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming. It's known for its beautiful mountainous landscapes, a serene lake, and historical structures, including an ancient 855-foot-long wall which holds mysteries to its origin.

Camping at Fort Mountain State Park

Campsites and Accommodations:

  • Fort Mountain State Park provides a variety of camping options, including fully equipped cottages, tent, trailer, and RV campsites, as well as primitive "walk-in" campsites.
  • The campground includes comfort facilities with hot showers.
  • Most campsites have water, electrical hookups, and picnic tables.


  • Reservations are highly recommended, especially during peak season, and can be made online through the Georgia State Parks reservation system or over the phone.
  • Specific site selection is available to ensure you get the amenities and location you desire.

Fees and Permits:

  • Camping fees vary depending on the type of site you select and any additional amenities.
  • Visitors are also required to pay a parking fee, but an annual pass is available for those who frequent Georgia state parks.

Check-In and Check-Out:

  • There are specific check-in and check-out times for campsites and cottages. Ensure you know these times to avoid conflicts with other campers.

Activities and Amenities

  • Hiking and Biking: The park features over 25 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult, including the popular Gahuti Trail.
  • Water Activities: Guests can enjoy paddle boating, canoeing, and fishing in the park's mountain lake.
  • Picnicking: Picnic shelters and playgrounds are available for day-use visitors.
  • Horseback Riding: There are horseback riding trails and a horse camp with stables for those camping with horses.
  • Mini-Golf: A mini-golf course is available for those seeking a leisurely activity.
  • Visitor Center: The park has a visitor center with exhibits and a gift shop.

Rules and Regulations

Campsite Etiquette:

  • Maintain quiet hours typically from 10 PM to 7 AM.
  • Dispose of trash properly and recycle when possible.
  • Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.

Safety Precautions:

  • Remember to follow fire safety guidelines when building campfires.
  • Store food securely to not attract wildlife.
  • Stay on marked trails while hiking or biking to protect the natural habitat and ensure your safety.


  • The park is home to a variety of wildlife. It is important to view animals from a distance and not to feed them.

Planning Your Trip


  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions by checking the forecast and packing appropriate gear.


  • Bring necessary camping supplies, such as tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, food, water, and safety equipment.

Park Information:

  • Keep the park's information handy, including a map, emergency contact numbers, and park hours.

Local Attractions:

  • Consider exploring nearby attractions such as the Chief Vann House Historic Site or the Cohutta Wilderness.

Leave No Trace:

  • As always, practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.

Before heading out to Fort Mountain State Park, confirm current conditions and any updates on local guidelines or restrictions that may be in place. Enjoying the great outdoors responsibly ensures that these beautiful spots can be preserved for future generations.

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