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Beginners Hike at Best of Fort Mountain Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Fort Mountain State Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 3 2004  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 2 2004 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Steven Koonce
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Easy to moderate (4 miles)

Do you want to do some hiking in the scenic north Georgia mountains, but not interested in a strenuous 10 mile death march? Then this should be the perfect hike. We will hike two separate trails: The Fort Loop Trail and the Big Rock Nature Trail. Total hiking distance will be approximately 4 miles, although we can vary this somewhat if we choose. Shoes with good grips are recommended, as we will go over some rocky terrain. If you do not have hiking boots, athletic shoes will probably be OK. The two trails are at separate ends of the park and fairly short. We will find a nice spot to eat lunch between the hikes. Thus you should be OK without a pack although you should at least carry a water bottle.

We will view several scenic overlooks; a couple of streams and waterfalls: and of course the old fort, which is interesting and somewhat mysterious.

Required Items to Bring:
Good shoes for rocky terrain (hiking boots or athletic shoes okay)
1-2 liters of water and bottle to carry on trail
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Insect Repellent

How to Get There:
Event Directions:near Ellijay and Chatsworth Meet at the carpool only Directions will be provided at the carpool location


Will this be a rain or shine event? We will postpone the hike if it looks like there will be medium to heavy rains. Ill e-mail everyone the day before the hike about the current status.

Are dogs allowed?

From the Georgia State Parks Web Site:

Pets: Pets are welcome at state parks and campgrounds if leashed (no longer than six feet) and accompanied by the owner at all times; however, they are not allowed in or around historic sites, cottages, lodges, group camps, swimming areas, or Panola Mountain’s trails. Kennels are not available. Owners should clean up after pets.

So yes dogs should be OK.
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:$2.00 parking fee paid at the park

(and remember with gas prices like they are, to discuss sharing fuel costs with your carpool.)

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.