Gahuti Backcountry Trail

MODERATE 93 reviews

Gahuti Backcountry Trail is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chatsworth, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2011 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

backpacking
1 day ago

This was my first real backpacking overnight trip. The trails were a great range of flat/easy & steep/hard, I definitely agree with the moderate rating, & the trail was nicely marked every 10 steps- making it a comfortable hike.
There are many streams to fill up for water & many great peekaboo views (I'd like to come back in fall to get more views). We did come across a black bear-so be alert, as well as large beautiful woodpeckers.
Great hike & great time!

backpacking
1 day ago

Did an overnight with my girlfriend and her dogs, some tough spots but overall great hike. Saw a bear on the second day! Would go back during fall/early winter to get more views.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike. Takes a while to get to the waterfall and has a great view at the end. Worth the 8 mile trek.

backpacking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail. Scenery changes dramatically between lush canopies, sweeping views, and rocky cave areas as you hike. All four campsites looked very nice (would particularly recommend goldmine and moonshine). There were several creeks, but in October they were too dry to get any water from. Relatively challenging with a heavy pack, but most of the elevation gain was spread out. Will definitely be back!

hiking
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backpacking
1 month ago

I backpacked in the last weekend in April and camped on campsite #4, the rock creek backcountry site. I was by myself for this trip and found the site to be great. I was very impressed with the park and it's staff. It was a beautiful trail with some great views, it could be tough at times but overall was great, so many things to see. Below is a short video of my trip.

https://youtu.be/72VcNiGaMLo

backpacking
1 month ago

This Trail is a must hike. We started the trail at the trailhead and hiked to campsite number 2 and stayed the night. The beginning and the end are the hardest sections of the trail. Between campsite 3 and campsite 4 you will have great waterfalls. Most of the good water sources are around campsite 3 area. You have two great overlook views, one is right before you get to campsite 2 and the second is at the trailhead.

2 months ago

definitely an awesome hike! lots of beautiful views. at some points, the trail is something out of a movie.. but at some other times, it's kind of bleh with not much to look at for a mile or 2.. nonetheless, it's still great. the terrain gets rough at times and stays that way for a while, so make sure you have water and an in-shape body! might i also add: this trail is very clearly marked the entire way, so getting lost or sidetracked isn't really a concern.

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hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Fairly strenuous, but worth it because the overlook was very beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike!! Well marked trail with nice elevation changes. Waterfalls and mountain vistas make for great places to take a break, or some pictures.

hiking
2 months ago

Took trail from campground to tower trail. Good trail, we'll marked and reasonably challenging for us Florida flatlanders. Next time we're doing the whole loop with an overnight camp. Beautiful place.

backpacking
3 months ago

This was a difficult trail! We are training to backpack the Grand Canyon and decided we would do this trail with 40 pound packs to get us ready. We were visiting family who live in the area and recommended it. It had rained the day before so the soil was wet and we slipped a couple of times in the narrow trail sections. There were a total of 8 fallen trees. One cluster of trees at the end of the trail (we went clockwise) provided a nice obstacle course which shouldn't have been difficult, except our packs kept us from fitting through some of the branches--that combined with the wet soil left us feeling very accomplished when we got through. The elevation changes are fantastic and had lots of ups and downs, which definitely prepared us for the GC. Hoping we can do it again before we go to the GC in May.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great day hike with wonderful views distributed all the way around. The elevation change is spread pretty evenly throughout. I hiked counterclockwise, but it seems like either way would be good.

As of early March 2017, there was some serious blockage on the western half (north of the falls) due to fallen trees. It was navigable but required some maneuvering.

3 months ago

If you start from the parking lot Trailhead, instead of starting from the campground loop, I recommend you take the trail head to the left. If you go to the right, this is a very challenging Trail. We actually had to take a bike trail just so it wouldn't kill us getting back to the car.

Previously, we have taken this Trail starting from the campground Loop. We have always enjoyed it, and found it to be a moderate and beautiful hike.