Pups living in gorgeous northern Georgia can get back to their wild side at the Fort Mountain State Park. Surrounded by the Cohutta Wilderness, Fort Mountain offers 3,712 acres of pristine mountains and woodlands, and a lake that provides visitors with various recreational activities.
Your furry explorer will probably love the trails here best. Meandering through forests and blueberry thickets, over 25 trails let you explore forests and mountains, cross streams and even circle the lake. The pupular Gahuti Backcountry Trail is for the serious hikers, and circles the park in an 8.2 mile loop. Shorter trails lead to the rebuilt stone fire tower constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps to keep an eye on fires, and the ancient 855-foot-long wall built by Native Americans that stands at the top of the mountain. There's also 27 trails are available for biking, and another 25 miles of trails for horseback riding. The views at the scenic overlooks are breathtaking, allowing you to see for miles.
For the water lovers, the 17 acre Fort Mountain Lake offers fishing, so cast a line and relax with your canine pal. Paddling is pupular here, and the beach opens seasonally. Unfurtunately, dogs are prohibited from any designated bathing or beach area, so if your pup wants to dip a paw in the lake, its best to find a spot off the beaten track.
Overnight guests have lots of options, even with dogs. Sleep under the stars in campsites ranging from full hookups for RVs and trailers, to primitive tent sites. Backcountry camping is also available if you and your pup truly want to get away from it all. For the glampers, cottages are available, and some even allow dogs, so reserve early if you want to stay in style. And with picnic areas, a playground, a mini golf course, and more, this is one park that will keep you busy!
While enjoying all that this furbulous park has to offer, be sure your dog stays on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Bring all the essentials for a fun and safe adventure, including water to share, a trail map, and clean-up bags. Practice leave no trace principles, and pick up whatever your pup lays down. You should also ensure your dog is vaccinated, licensed and tagged before starting your day of fun. Access to this pawrific natural woofderland is $5 daily, or you can get an annual pass for $50 that is good at all Georgia state parks.
For a tail wagging adventure, you and your pup will love the gorgeous woodlands and mountains at the Fort Mountain State Park!