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Gahuti Backcountry Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 181 Fort Mountain State Park Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705   Hike: Gahuti Backcountry Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Apr 21 2022  8:00 am >> Thu, Apr 21 2022 4:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Apr 15 2022 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 20 2022 5:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9.5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth has it all, creeks, waterfall, large trees, long views, undulating terrain. The hike has over 1900 feet of elevation gain. The trail name is "Mother Mountain" in the Cherokee language and the mountain itself has historical significance both pre-Columbian and after. (More about this at the hike.) We will stay together as a group throughout. 

The pace will be about 2.5 mph. Its starting to get warmer so bring plenty of water (2 to 3 liters) so we all stay hydrated. Bring a lunch or snacks for a lunch break around 12:30.  

If you are meeting at the trailhead, plan on being 5 minutes before 10:00 AM to review itinerary and introductions. The hike will begin promptly at 10:00

The Gahuti Trail follows orange blazes. The trail carves through the contours of several deep-cut channel valleys with steady climbs and descents along the way. There are a couple of short spurs we will take, one to the ancient stone wall and one to Goldmine Creek Waterfall. There are also amazing views at the Cool Springs Overlook. 

This is a fun hike with lots to see and a good Thursday spring day challenge.  Dogs must be on a leach. 

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking shoes/boots



Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking pools camera 

sun screen and bug spray

Ga. Park Pass or $5.00 per car for park pass

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Event is near Elijay and Chatsworth.  10:00 AM at the parking lot by the Gahuti Trailhead at Fort Mountain State Park. 


From Mansell Park and Ride take Mansell road west to rt. 140 west.  (2.7 mi.)

Get on GA 5 N/I-575 in Canton from GA-140 (17.6 mi.)

Follow GA-5 N to 1st Ave./Soule Bridge. in East Elijay (36 mi.)

River St. to Dalton St. which is Rt 52 (also named Chatsworth hgwy.) to Fort Mountain entrance. 

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):152Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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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.

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