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.

I highly recommend this if you're looking for a moderate hike with your dog! It has a great mix of scenery and difficulty.

I completed the trail today (Oct 22, 2017), and the leaves were starting to turn color - good amount of yellow, some orange / red. I expect the place to be full of autumn color the first or second week of November! It was beautiful nonetheless!

I brought my 45-lb dog along, and she loved it! The terrain is rocky, but there is good footing available along the entire route. I usually have some with her on "rocky" terrain, but this trail does not have rocky steps - the ground is just slightly bumpy with rocks. I felt safe even with a dog that pulls while going downhill at times.

There are many bear warning signs, but we did not see any during our hike even while carrying snacks.
However, we talked pretty loudly while walking.

It was a super instant gratification little hike. I don’t think I’d call it more than moderate. Walking up Stone Mountain, for example, is way harder than this. Great view from the overlook and the restored fire tower and lots of interpretive signage to read both about the fire tower and pre-Colombian stone wall. My dog didn’t like the open grate stairs to the overlook, but she made it through.

hiking
20 hours ago

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful as Ga always is. Not too challenging, a great place for a hike and some history. Various views and multiple trails to fit beginner to intermediate hiking.

Lovely brief stroll to a delightful multi-tiered cascade. Looking forward to returning when the water levels improve.

backpacking
26 days ago

We stayed at Campsite #2 (Goldmine Creek) and although it is a spacious site and well of the trail, we had a lot of road noise. The westside of the trail had more water and scenic views during out hike.

Awesome trail with great views and very well marked.

Easy great for families

Parked at the cool springs overlook parking lot(also Gahuti trailhead) and hiked the west overlook trail(yellow blazes) to the overlook and then walked up the tower and back down via CCC stone tower trail(red blazes) also seeing the stone wall. This takes you down to the old fort picnic/parking area so I had to get back on overlook trail(yellow) and circle back to where I had parked.

I went on a cloudy day and that was definitely a mistake for the overlook, however, I still enjoyed the overall hike.

Awesome views so worth the hike.

Great hike would injoy doing it again . We saw 3 bears.