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Fort Mountain State Park

Wildlife Viewing Area
GA Dept. of Natural Resources

ADA Accessibility Notes

Sections of the park are ADA accessible. Check with the park rangers for details.

A scenic drive on Hwy. 52 near the Cohutta Wilderness leads visitors to this mountain getaway. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders will find some of the most beautiful trails in Georgia, winding through hardwood forest and blueberry thickets, crossing streams and circling a pretty lake. Hikers can also explore a stone fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and an ancient rock wall which stand on the highest point of the mountain. The mysterious 855-foot-long wall is thought to have been built by early Indians as fortification against more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies.

Wildlife commonly seen in the park include deer, especially around the lake area. Visitors to the West Overlook are known to have seen eagles and other birds. For those who venture out to the park in spring and early summer, even a bear or two could come into view.

Best Months and Seasons for Viewing

Wildlife can be viewed all year long. Seasons may depend on what exactly visitors will see. Check with the park rangers for more details.

Best Time for Viewing

Wildlife is usually seen during the late afternoon, early evening hours, but any time is possible.

How to Get There

Fort Mountain State Park is located between the cities of Chatsworth and Ellijay along GA Hwy. 52.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed on a leash.

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