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2021-10-23 Fort Mountain State Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Fort Mountain State Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 23 2021  9:00 am >> Sat, Oct 23 2021 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Oct 18 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 22 2021 7:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 5.5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Fort Mountain State Park is one of the most beautiful state parks in Georgia with well-established trail systems, beautiful landscapes, and gorgeous mountain vista. There’re also rocky ruins of ancient stone walls. No artifacts have been found so far to support any theories on the origin of these stone walls; so till today no one knows who built these walls in the park.

We’ll meet and start at the parking lot at the very end of the road in the park. It is a little over 2 miles on the main paved road once you enter the park.

We’ll be trekking the Gahuti trail, a section of biking trail, Goldmine Creek trail, and some connecting trails until we finish the loop and back to our cars. Then we’ll head to the shorter Stone Tower trail, Stone Wall trail, and the West Overlook trail. We will take snack/ water breaks along our way at some beautiful stopping points. We will take a longer and the final break for snack/ lunch at the West Overlook where we conclude our itinerary for the day.

Georgia State Park requires $5 entry/parking fee, or your annual pass. Annual pass is a great way to motivate oneself to keep coming back and enjoy all of the Georgia state parks. It is more convenient and very cost effective.

The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. If you’re going to meet at the event, please arrive 10 minutes before our starting time. Our duration time is an educated estimate, so we need to have some flexibility.


<<< Important Notes >>>

Please only register if you are comfortable going long distance at a pace averaging 2.5 mph in the remote mountains environment, and have solid D5 experience. A good reference is you can comfortably finish Kennesaw 10 in 4 hours.

If your recent experience is not from the club, please include it in a note when you register, or email TL; otherwise you will be moved to the waiting list for the safety of everyone. We encourage our members to actively participate with joyful experience, and most importantly to stay healthy and safe at the end of our event.

Required Items to Bring:


If you're in other member’s car, bring change clothing, an extra pair of clean shoes, bag for changed shoes, and towel to sit on. Only enter with clean shoes. Remove all trash and your belongings.

If you carpool, some carpool drivers require proof of vaccination and mask.

Cash for carpool driver

$5 Cash for park entrance fee if you are the driver and don't have annual pass

Layers of clothing suitable for the season

Good trail running/ hiking shoes

Water/ sports drinks

Nutrition/ snacks/ lunch

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.


Hiking poles


Rain gear just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Fort Mountain State Park

181 Fort Mountain Park Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):152Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.80 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


1. This event may be cancelled and rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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