Fort Mountain Big Rock Trail Fort Mountain State Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 0.5 MILES
DIFFICULTY 1.1 Easy
DURATION 20 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
140
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Fort Mountain Big Rock Trail

The Big Rock Trail in Fort Mountain State Park is a short, simple hike that makes a loop with the longer Gahuti Backcountry Trail to a series of waterfalls. Great for those that are looking for something easy but still fun.

Begin the hike across the road from the small parking lot. The yellow-blazed trail drops a little over 100 feet on the way to the falls, connecting with the orange-blazed Gahuti Backcountry Trail along the way. Keep to the right.

At .3 miles the hike descends a rocky section to arrive at several cascading waterfalls along Goldmine Branch. Trail trails travels along the falls, heading up a steep set of steps before leaving the Gahuti trail, again keeping to the right.

Follow the trail back to the road. The trail doesn't make a complete loop so you'll have to walk along the road back to the parking lot to the right, but crossing the road first allows plenty of room without actually being on the road.

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length0.5 miles
difficulty1.1 Easy
duration20 minutes
features Dog Friendly  Waterfall 
trail typeLoop
blazeYellow
elevation gain140 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestFort Mountain State Park
visitor infoTrading Post / Visitor Center
181 Fort Mountain Park Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-422-1932
parking fee$5/Day, $50 Annual Pass
trailhead coordinates 34.757146, -84.711131 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°45.43, W 84°42.67 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°45'26'', N 34°45'26'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.757146, -84.711131 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°45.43, W 84°42.67 most GPS units use this one
N 34°45'26'', N 34°45'26'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot.
Notes
Stop by the Trading Post and Visitor Center at the entrance to the park for maps, restrooms, drinks, snacks, and merch.
The trail is quite rocky in a few places.
The trail begins with you crossing the road from the parking lot and ends with you walking along the road a short distance. There's not too much traffic along the road, but always listen for cars coming around the corner.
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-2 months ago
Nice Short Hike
This is a nice little hike. Several small waterfalls. Combine this with other trails and activities in the park for a longer day of fun and adventure.
Easy | Hiked Fall 2018
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