Fort Mountain derives its name from an ancient 855-foot-long rock wall which stands on the highest point of the mountain. The mysterious wall is thought to have been built by Indians as fortification against other more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies. Situated in the Chattahoochee National Forest close to the Cohutta Wilderness area, this park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders will find some of the most beautiful trails in northern Georgia. Most wind through hardwood forest and blueberry thickets, occasionally crossing streams and providing spectacular vistas. During the summer, children will enjoy the sand beach located on a clear mountain lake, as well as miniature golf and pedal boat rental.
What an awesome trail! The Gahuti Trail is a perfect day hike--challenging, but not grueling. It's well-marked and has plenty of side trail options--definitely make sure to take the spur that takes you to the ancient stone wall and the CCC tower. What struck me most about Gahuti is how varied the terrain and vegetation is. The flora changes dramatically at seemingly every turn and hill crest, so there's never a dull moment on this hike. I was constantly in awe of my surroundings. And there are stunning mountain vistas at several trailside overlooks. I can't wait to come back!
This trail has it all. This is my second round. The first mile is a big drop, you end up at a nice camp site next to a creek. Around mile 2 you'll see a full grown doe that will not move off the trail no matter how close you get to her. Once you literally reach out to give her a love push she moves on. Around mile 3 you'll come across a super tan French gentleman with a booming voice. Somewhere around mile 5 you get used to all the buzzing things that make you nervous doing a solo hike with no eppy. On mile 6 you'll see a couple of dogs, cute as can be, and you'll forget to tell the owners that there's a party of 20 super nice Japanese people just up the hill having lunch. Mile 7 is kinda cool because you relearn your center of gravity. The end is a climb up loose rocks and roots, then you reach the Cool Springs overlook where you bring a cooler and wash off all the poison ivy on your legs and enjoy a much deserved, awesome lunch with a fantastic view. I'll absolutely do this one again.
Brian D. on Gahuti Backcountry Trail
Great trail! My 12 year old daughter and I did this trail. It was harder than expected but offered great views of the valley below. The campsites are nothing more than flat areas to pitch a tent, but will definitely do this trail again.