Fort Mountain State Park

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AVERAGE RATING
****
3.80 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Doubletrack
↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
2,391
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Beginners: (Lake Loop 1.1 mi) Intermediate: Gold Mine Loop (6.3 mi), Cool Springs (7 mi) Advanced: East West Loop (14 mi) There are loops for various types of riders, but I have found none of them to be particularly mountain bike friendly. Most of the trails start off downhill and you have to pay for a 1000 feet elevation change at the end. There are nice scenic views of the North Georgia mountains and even creeks and springs. Deer are common and if you're lucky, you won't run into any of the bears. The eleven downhill switchbacks on the Cool Springs Loop are the most exciting thing I've run into on these trails. I know there has got to be better trails around the Chatsworth area though. Overall, the mountain bike trails seemed like good intentions on behalf of the forestry division but the trails are in desperate need of singletrack.
added by mudhunnySingletrack December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Bunny Hop

April 9, 2014
sburkey Bunny Hop  
 
Review: On 4/9/14 my son and I rode downhill (believe me, it's DOWNhill) from the mtb trailhead on 301 to the bottom of the hill where it crosses the Gahuti trail. Beautiful trail. Had a BLAST! Nice downhill. Little maintenance needed though on the trail. Lots of downed branches and two downed trees we had to lift the bikes over. Very good downhill especially towards the bottom. Then....the climb began. Yikes......

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Poseur

December 7, 2012
zasyatkin Poseur  
 
Review: Its not the sweet singletrack that you would find elsewhere in the North GA mountains, but its still an amazing place to ride thanks to its location.

We made the mistake of taking our cross bikes out there because I heard it wasn't single track, but that was a terrible idea. Its a challenging ride with lots of loose rocks in sections and when these are covered with leaves you can't see them at all.

I definitely recommend this ride because its a nice big 15 mile trail, with a great woods feeling, and its tests your endurance.

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December 7, 2012
Guest   
 
Review: Its not the sweet singletrack that you would find elsewhere in the North GA mountains, but its still an amazing place to ride thanks to its location.

We made the mistake of taking our cross bikes out there because I heard it wasn't single track, but that was a terrible idea. Its a challenging ride with lots of loose rocks in sections and when these are covered with leaves you can't see them at all.

I definitely recommend this ride because its a nice big 15 mile trail, with a great woods feeling, and its tests your endurance.

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Granny Gear

September 12, 2012
eldest90 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode this trail in the mist. Was advised to start out at the parking lot instead of trail head. Great advice bc of the shirt crazy uphill at the beginning but the rest was pretty fun. Bummer it's 3 bucks to ride plus a parking permit

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Granny Gear

July 28, 2012
dei3cmixer Granny Gear  
 
Review: Found these trails in a guidebook and thought it would be an interesting ride and get us off our normal trails. I had read earlier reviews about the state of the trail and thought surely the trails would be repaired by now... nope. Multiple trees down blocking the entire trail, large sections of undergrowth are allowed to grow across the trail making it hard to see anything coming in your path, large parts being virtually unrideable, and terrible trail markings made for an iffy ride. I luckily brought a copy of the trail guide with me which made navigating easier, but on multiple occasions we entered a trail marked approved for mountain biking only to come to the next junction and see a sign prohibiting mountain biking on the trail we had just come from. The parts of the Gold Mine trail we were on were a little better cared for, as well as the hiking trails, but everything else was badly overgrown. I give it 2 stars only because of the potential of the downhill from the overlook on the Cool Springs Trail. Most of it was unrideable which didn't make the climb back up to the start worth it. With so many better options a couple hours outside of Atlanta, I would steer clear of Fort Mountain. Also watch out for the bitch in the main office, fair warning.

* Review edited 7/28/2012

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Gramcounter

May 15, 2012
mscaldas Gramcounter  
 
Review: Not a fun trail at all.. Some places are impossible to ride. Even walking was dangerous going down some rocky hills. we probably ended up walking half the trail.

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Gramcounter

February 28, 2012
vKAOSv Gramcounter  
 
Review: What a waist... Alot of climbing and alot of rocks! Downhills are way too bumpy to get any real speed...

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Granny Gear

March 21, 2011
robale43 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode the Gold Mine Loop on Saturday (March 19, 2011). Recommend (as the girl in the office told us) to start at the parking lot by the lake and do the narly uphill part first while you're fresh! It's a beeeoch of a climb with a lot of loose rock. Ended up having to push the bike part of the way! After that section its a lot of nice downhill and the rest of the climbs aren't too bad. A couple of pretty technical descents that will have you sitting on your back tire. Two really nice views on this loop to reward you. No other riders were spotted either on the trail or in the parking lots... surprised! Note: There were several trees down on the trail forcing us to stop and carry the bikes over/under so use caution.

* Review edited 3/21/2011

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Gramcounter

October 30, 2010
enoeht Gramcounter  
 
Review: Just rode Trail 301, which is the main loop. It is 14.2 miles, I had to cut it short at checkpoint 4 and hike up the switch back section trail 302 back to the central bike parking lot/area. This trail is one of my favorites in Georgia, its wide I grant, but why I like this trail is the legacy it has in it. The old double track are logging / gold mining roads from the 20's. There are old abandoned mines litters all over the place, and while it sounds putrid, there is old machinery littered all over, such as an old desiel hand crank engine, an old donkey track belt driven engine for pulling mine cars. It really is cool. Like the Goos said, bring your lungs and a lunch, its nice to eat lunch by one of the three massive overlook sections. The main downhill section if you are going clockwise runs down a powerline row and it is awesome, technical and scary at sections. Updatefor Parking Fees are now $5 Trail permit is $2. Worth twice as much :)

* Review edited 10/30/2010

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Singletrack


September 22, 2010
 
Review: I rode the East West trail and while it wasn't singletrack, it was some of the most challenging Doubletrack I have ever ridden. VERY technical for the majority of the trail. Bring you lungs for this ride as it will certainly work you over the last three miles; all uphill with a nasty switchback section that would even put it to a full blown racer. Don't let the intermediate difficulty rating fool you, this place is NOT for beginners or even the majority of intermediate riders. If I had to rate this place on trail quality alone, I'd only give it 4 of 5 stars but this is hands-down the most scenic trail I have ridden in GA. that easily makes up for the few issues you will run into reqarding the trail making it a 5 of 5 for me. It always recharges my batteries to go out into places that are still true wilderness and this is one of those few places left on the East Coast. Great views from plenty of overlooks. Interesting old ruins. Great places to camp and hike. I'm sure there was a lot of luck involved but in one trip I saw a family of 10 turkeys, 4 hawks, countless deer, and a bear. If you are ready for a challenge and want to get out in the wild. This is your trail.

* Review edited 9/22/2010

Similar Trail: Stanley Gap for the aerobic challenge Snake Creek section of Pinhoti for technical challenge

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Fort Mountain State Park MTB Trail 3.80 out of 5 based on 26 ratings. 26 user reviews.
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