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Fall Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Fort Mountain State Park
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 17 2021  8:00 am >> Sun, Oct 17 2021 4:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 14 2021 12:21 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Oct 17 2021 7:00 am
Event Duration:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8.8 Miles
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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: Yes


Moderate to Strenuous 8.8 miles. We will start at the trailhead on the N. end, taking the East side, clockwise.

Fort Mountain is named for a mysterious 855 foot long wall constructed along the western slope of the highest point of the mountain. The structure has been attributed to various historical figures, but today most authorities believe the wall was constructed by Woodlands-era Indians between 500 BC and 500AD as fortification against other more hostile Indians or ancient ceremonies.

The Gahuti Trail travels around the edge of the park, passing just below the summits of Cohutta and Fort mountains. Ever changing, the trail is both beautiful and challenging in all seasons with scenic views.

Required Items to Bring:

water or energy drink
trail snacks
good hiking shoes/boots

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

trekking poles
bug spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

If you type "Fort Mountain" in Google maps it will take you to the parking lot of the Lookout point. Using "Fort Mountain State Park" will only take you to the entrance gate.

9:30 AM at the Lookout point parking lot by the Gahuti Trailhead at Fort Mountain State Park. 

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):162Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.80 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.


NOTE: Please be considerate of others. If you sign-up and cannot attend, please cancel so others that may be on a waiting list may attend.

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

Cost Includes:

Free but please share gas fare with your carpool driver.

You may find a State Park Pass at your local library. Parking fee $5.00

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