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Fort Mountain- Gahuti Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Fort Mountain State Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 22 2022  8:00 am >> Sat, Jan 22 2022 3:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 17 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 21 2022 7:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joseph Wang
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


This will be a challenging D4 for those trying to up their hiking game. We’ll meet at the Gahuti Trailhead in Fort Mountain State Park at 8am with a start time of 8:15am. Our day will encompass a hike of about 10-ish miles with about 1,500 feet of elevation gain. We’ll follow the Gahuti Trail to the Stone Tower Loop and end the hike at Cool Spring Overlook before heading to our cars. Water breaks will be taken about every mile or so and an extended break for lunch.

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. There is a great platform for a west view, and a tower on top of the mountain built by the CCC in the 30's.

The Stone Tower Loop is hiked by traveling uphill on the West Overlook Trail and returning on the CCC Stone Tower Trail. Year-round vistas from West Overlook.

Parking fee is $5.00 unless you have a current GA State Park Pass.

See here for more info:

Required Items to Bring:

Warm Clothing


Water (2L at least)

Comfortable hiking shoes/boots

Change of clothes/shoes for the ride back

Rain gear (just in case)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

181 Fort Mountain State Park Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705

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