Fort Mountain State Park, Old Fort Loop

Chatsworth, Georgia 30705

Fort Mountain State Park, Old Fort Loop

Fort Mountain State Park, Old Fort Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Fort Mountain State Park trails offer an assortment of natural and human history subjects. The park lies on the southwestern edge of the southern Appalachian range and melds into the Ridge and Valley province, giving it a wide variety of habitat types and geological diversity; including old gold mines and active talc mines.

There are 14 miles of hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty-from a short walk along the ancient stone wall from which the mountain got its name to a backpacking trail with campsites."

Fort Mountain State Park, Old Fort Loop Trip Reports

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4/25/2011
A very quick in and out trail. Plan to pair it up with a few other sites to see in the same vicinity. The falls are nice and trail is easy-moderate and well manicured.
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1/16/2007
Basic trail is fine - took the closed portion and had a much better time, even though had to bushwhack a little. Top of DeSoto with a little bit of searching found the connector to the AT. Hiked down the AT to Neels Gap. Should have left a one car of Neels Gap. It's another 7 miles via road or 3.5 miles hiking unkempt trails back to DeSoto Falls parking lot. Great day for a hike!
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6/22/2003
The trail was a little disappointing. The trail to the upper falls is now blocked off due to erosion. The middle falls are beautiful but the sounds of the motorcycles coming from highway 129 almost drown out the falls. It was also very crowded. If you are looking for solitude I would not recommend this trail.
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6/6/2003
Good little trail for new hikers as well as family (we do the family thing). Desoto Falls is a quiet campground. Our site was next to a small stream, which became a roaring stream after 1-1/2 to 2 inches of rain. We hit the trail -- lower and middle falls before the rain. The trail to the upper falls is closed. The hike to either falls begins by following Frogtown Creek before heading up to each of the falls. Both falls have excellent views from a wooden deck. Our kids (2, 5, and 8) especially enjoyed the hike and playing in the creek.
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Trail Information

Chatsworth
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
About 1–1.5 hours
Duration
Mar–Dec
Season
USGS Crandall
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