Fort Mountain

State Park - Georgia

Fort Mountain State Park is located between Chatsworth and Ellijay on Fort Mountain in Georgia. The state park was named for an ancient 885-foot-long (270 m) rock wall located on the peak. The park offers many outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There are 14 miles (23 km) of trails inside the park. The park is also known for its unique scenery, a mixture of both hardwood and pine forests and several blueberry thickets. In addition, the park contains a 17-acre (6.9 ha) mountain lake. Atop Fort Mountain itself is a tower constructed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

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Trail Map of Fort Mountain State Park (SP) in Georgia. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.Fort Mountain - Trail Map

Trail Map of Fort Mountain State Park (SP) in Georgia. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of the Conasauga Ranger District of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (NF) in Georgia. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Chattahoochee-Oconee MVUM - Conasauga 2020

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) of the Conasauga Ranger District of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (NF) in Georgia. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Hunting map of the Cohutta area of Conasauga Ranger District of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (NF) in Georgia. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Chattahoochee-Oconee Hunting - Conasauga / Cohutta 2018

Hunting map of the Cohutta area of Conasauga Ranger District of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (NF) in Georgia. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

River and Stream Fishing map of the Cohutta area of Conasauga Ranger District of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (NF) in Georgia. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Chattahoochee-Oconee Fishing - Conasauga / Cohutta 2018

River and Stream Fishing map of the Cohutta area of Conasauga Ranger District of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (NF) in Georgia. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Motor Vehicle Travel Map (MVTM) of the Cohutta area of Conasauga Ranger District of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (NF) in Georgia. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Chattahoochee-Oconee MVTM - Conasauga / Cohutta 2018

Motor Vehicle Travel Map (MVTM) of the Cohutta area of Conasauga Ranger District of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (NF) in Georgia. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Statewide Bike Map of Georgia. Published by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).Georgia State - Georgia Bike Map

Statewide Bike Map of Georgia. Published by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

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Trail map with trail descriptions for Fort Mountain State Park (SP) in Georgia. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.Fort Mountain - Trail Map

Trail map with trail descriptions for Fort Mountain State Park (SP) in Georgia. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

Brochure of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.Georgia State Parks - Parks Brochure

Brochure of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Published by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

Fort Mountain SP https://gastateparks.org/FortMountain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Mountain_State_Park Fort Mountain State Park is located between Chatsworth and Ellijay on Fort Mountain in Georgia. The state park was named for an ancient 885-foot-long (270 m) rock wall located on the peak. The park offers many outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There are 14 miles (23 km) of trails inside the park. The park is also known for its unique scenery, a mixture of both hardwood and pine forests and several blueberry thickets. In addition, the park contains a 17-acre (6.9 ha) mountain lake. Atop Fort Mountain itself is a tower constructed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Fort Mountain State Park Trail Map 405 301 407 301 408 407 201 407 West Overlook Big Rock Trail 401 302 #3 301 302 #4 Cool Springs Overlook & Gahuti Trailhead P P ldm Go ine 301 Creek Tr ail 410 #2 #1 GeorgiaStateParks.org/FortMountain #5 401 Office 301 Gahuti Trail 301 P PARK ENTRANCE 52 52 412 n Park Boundary Ga ho r ti Connecto 301 hut Tr ai l 1/2 mile Criminal trespass charges and search & rescue costs can be charged to parties guilty of negligence or failure to get user permits. 0 SCALE 52 Ellijay 1 mile Since trails may be closed for maintenance or inclement weather, check with the Park Office to ensure availability. Pi Permits required for all Bicycle, Equestrian and Backcountry Use Park Boundary Stone Wall Trail Fort Mtn. tone N. Sr Tr e ail Tow P #4 303 Mtn. Bike Trailhead Permit Required P Lake Trail #6-15 52 Park Boundary Park Boundary P 303 P Picnic Shelter 5 #1-5 Old Fort Picnic Area CCC S tone Towe r Trail #2 403 401 407 401 181 Fort Mountain Park Road • Chatsworth, Georgia 30705 • park: 706-422-1932 • emergency: 706-695-4592 • reservations: 1-800-864-7275 LEGEND Pinhoti Connector Trail Hiking Trails Big Rock Trail Campers Loop CCC Stone Tower Cool Springs Overlook Gahuti Trail (Backcountry) Creek Conn. 404 401 400 301 #1 #3 301 P a rk Bo ar y un d 410 Goldmine Creek Lake Trail (multi-purpose) Multi-use 201 North Stone Tower Stone Wall Upper Cabin Access West Overlook Biking Trails 301 302 303 Horse Trails 401 400 403 404 Park Boundary 52 West Overlo o k Tr ail Gahuti Trail 405 407 408 410 412 Parking “You are Here” Checkpoint Markers Park Office RV and Tent Camping Pioneer Camping Area Backcountry Campsite Mountain Biking Cottages Overlook Picnic Area Paved Roads Gravel Roads Symbols P Horse Stables Cliff Mine Road Chatsworth 52 Park Boundary i Tr ail Combination Trails Accessibility for Selected Trails Big Rock Trail 2350 2300 Mystery of Fort Mountain High atop Fort Mountain are the rocky ruins of an ancient “stone wall” with prehistoric origin steeped in legend. Generations of archaeologists and historians have unsuccessfully sought to unravel the riddle of this wall, one of several stone assemblages scattered throughout the Southeast. More than 150 years after its discovery, answers still evade us as to who built the wall, when and for what purpose. Theories abound, and one of the more realistic explanations is that the wall was built around 500 A.D. by a tribe of Native Americans for ceremonial or religious purposes. Others assert the wall was built by wandering bands of Welsh explorers during the 14th century as fortification against Indians. Welsh Prince Madoc has been credited with building several stone petroglyphs in the Southeast after supposedly sailing into Alabama. Another theory, based on Cherokee legend, is that the wall was built by the “Moon Eyes,” a race of light-skinned people who could see in the dark because of their larger or paler eyes. Or perhaps Spanish conquistadors, possibly Hernado de Soto, built the wall as a defense against Indian attacks. Since no artifacts have been found to support these theories, no one knows who built the “wall of stones” zigzagging across the southern face of the Cohutta mountain range’s most prominent peak. This part of the southern Appalachian Mountains rises above the Piedmont Plain and offers 80-mile views, making it an ideal location for ceremonial practices or defensive needs. The stone wall runs east and west for 855 feet, and its height varies from two to six feet. Archaeologists believe it was much higher before exploration and plunder by previous scientists and treasure hunters. Adding to the mystery are 30 “pits” built into the wall. Were these gun emplacements or symbolic to some ceremonial practice of earlier inhabitants? Will the secrets contained within these stones forever remain a mystery? Trail Safety & Etiquette • Tell someone your itinerary and expected return time. • Be prepared for unexpected weather changes by dressing in layers and carrying rain gear. • Take a map, water, snacks, first aid kit, flashlight and whistle. • Three short blasts on a whistle are known as a call for help. • Do not stray from trails. If you become lost, stay in one location and wait for help. This will make it easier for rescuers to find you. • Pack out all trash. • Keep pets on a leash. • Do not pick flowers or disturb wildlife. • Protect the landscape by staying on trails. Mountain Biking Safety & Etiquette • Wear a helmet. • Bikers yield to hikers and horses. • Announce your presence to others. When passing, a polite “On your left” or “On your right” is suggested. • Carry maintenance tools and replacement inner tubes. • Prevent erosion by staying on trails and not skidding. made by combining trails shown on the map 2800 2200 2750 2150 2700 2100 feet above sea level clockwise Compacted Natural Soil Surface Avg. Gra
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