Fort Mountain State Park

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AVERAGE RATING
****
3.68 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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

May 19, 2017
RNSqueezy Granny Gear  
 
Review: When a buddy and I arrived to Fort Mountain to ride, we had to check in at the ranger station and pay a small fee for a trail pass. We were then given a final, "stop by here on your way out and let us know that you made it safely." Unsettling? No. Odd? Yes. Especially when we FINALLY made it out of miles and miles and miles and miles of grueling, leg busting climbs and other assorted ills. The mountain views are beautiful, but the trail needs help. We were told (after the fact) that the trail was built 20 years ago as mountain biking was gaining its initial popularity in the area, but little has been done to properly maintain and develop the trail. Approximately half way through (up one of several logging roads at a 20-30% grade) was a rescue helicopter landing and picnic area. Extraction of an ill fated rider would certainly not be a simple or easy task. Trail conditions aside, there are a lot of really neat historic features along the trail including old munitions huts and caves (mostly now closed) that were used for artillery and munitions storage. This trail will have you swearing and praying for the end for most of the trail. Oh....when we finally did make it out (~ 5 hours later) there was no one at the ranger station to inform of our safety. This trail is also used for several trail running events throughout the year, including a 50 miler.

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Trailblazer


June 27, 2016
 
Review: There is great potential for this Trail, however it is very poorly maintained if at all. There were plenty of trees that were in the way causing interruption in the flow. This seems to be a theme with the rest of the posts for this park, but has been a while since anyone has done a review so I figured I would give it a try.

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Granny Gear

October 24, 2015
 
Review: Me and the kids are doing the Muddy Spokes program and the Gold Mine Loop is one of the trails we had to do. Serious up hill but, the trail is very poorly marked and maintained. If they are not going to maintain the trail markers at least have GPS way points that someone can download and keep up with the trail that way. The Gold Mine Trail took us several hours to complete (mainly because we kept losing the trail) and it is only a little over 6 miles long.

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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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Granny Gear

December 8, 2012
zasyatkin Granny Gear  
 
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 8, 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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Fort Mountain State Park MTB Trail 3.68 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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