Gahuti Backcountry Trail is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chatsworth, GA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Wonderfully peaceful trail located in Fort Mountain State Park just west of the Cohutta Wilderness. This trail travels around the crest of Fort Mountain and has access at numerous places in the park. There is a 855 foot rock wall which stands on the highest point of the mountain. There is also a remains of tower too.
We did this one back in June 2016...a long trail if you do the whole thing. The Bears were active though we didn't see them we did smell them! It was a great hike, I might do it again.
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.
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.
This was an amazing and beautiful trail. Lots of flowers along the trail. Steep and Rocky at points
Very nice views
this was beautiful and had several smaller loops that connect to it with great views
The overlooks were gorgeous. A well marked and moderately hilly at times. An interesting trail overall.
The trail was very beautiful,just a little to much for me right now this just my second one.....well marked
Nice hike, good winter views. After a week of heavy rain there was plenty of water in the numerous waterfalls yet the trail was firm. One stream crossing may have been a bit more technical than usual because of the recent heavy rains.
one of my favorite trails
Beautiful views and waterfall. Easy to moderate elevation changes.
My girlfriend and I are novice hikers so this was a challenge as we are out of shape. Don't get me wrong we aren't overweight by no means. We're a slender bodied couple, however we chose a challenging hike. We started the Gahuti trail clockwise the south east direction, the first hour we encountered steep ridges up and down, after that it was fairly okay. It wasn't consistent, I can tell you that, you'll be going uphill and downhill for the first 4 miles. Once you reach the park entrance it is relatively easy until after campsite 3 when it picks up the steepness again, the last 2 miles were a challenge. We encountered a bear a few yards around Campsite 3, We assume it had a den underneath the huge rock formations near campsite 3 so keep your eyes open. He was less then 10 yards away from the trail but it didn't look defensive, we just kept moving along. Other than this, great views, beautiful vistas and a great 4-6 hour experience. A great way to bond as a couple. I recommend anyone looking for a challenge to take this hike.
I'm sure the trail is wonderful but what we did not know is they require a reservation for an overnight. You have to book a camp site on their website which is fine but they charge you $9/person which is nuts to me as there are a ton of other great trails around that are free to park and camp. We opted for Pinhoti which turned out to be great. I'm sure i'll get out Gahuti one of these days but we had to make a last minute change because we did not know about the site fee so I didn't want anyone else to make that same mistake.
Wonderful State Park trail!! The waterfall is amazing. It took our group (3 adults and 5 kids) exactly 5 hours to complete. I carried my 3 year old on my back the entire time w/out issue. Our other 4 kids, ages 5-10 had no issues completing the hike. The terrain is diverse and gorgeous.
I went in early December in late afternoon, after a day of rain. The trail was still wet, with water falling from the trees. In these conditions, the forest is (apparently often) surrounded by a thick mist, lending a mysterious (but not spooky) feel to the woods. Most of the leaves were off the trees, leaving a multicolored covering to the forest floor. I love hiking in Georgia in the autumn because of days like this.
I started from the trailhead in the middle of the park and hiked counter clockwise, doing approximately half the trail, passing some pretty little streams and experiencing some decent elevation gain/loss over rocky, leaf covered terrain, ending up at campsite #3 just a bit before dark. I had an hour or so to eat and settle in before the temperature quickly dropped into the 30's with high winds. I really should have set up my hammock in a lower, more shielded area rather than on the topmost part of the site but my gear is good and so I was fairly warm.
Someone had been up there recently and bushcrafted themselves a little pine branch lean-to. That blew down pretty quickly when the wind picked up.
At first light, I emerged from my shelter to a clear, windless sunny day. I reversed my hiking direction and headed back to the car. The trail, as before, was mildly challenging as I hadn't been out on a trail in a few months, but really the main difficulty is picking your way through some rocks and slippery leaves, depending on weather and time of year.