Fort Mountain West Overlook Trail System Fort Mountain State Park, GA
miles
LENGTH 0.9 MILES
DIFFICULTY 1.7 Easy
DURATION 30 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
250
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Trail
System
Fort Mountain West Overlook Trail System

Walk this short loop within the Fort Mountain West Overlook trail system or explore further on less travelled trails for a longer, more difficult hike. Massive views, a restored stone fire tower, and a bit of history await you on this easy north Georgia hike. Bring the whole family and the doggo for this one.

As this is a trail system, there are many interconnecting trails to explore. From the trailhead, most people make a short loop following the West Overlook Trail and heading back along the CCC Stone Tower Trail. This gets you all the major attractions and is what the rangers suggested.

The West Overlook Trail follows yellow blazes and heads uphill before splitting with a short red-blazed trail to the left. Take this to head straight to the West Overlook viewing deck that offers year-around views. Once you've finished taking in the views, turn around back up the steps and head straight through the intersection toward the Stone Tower that you should see looming directly in front of you.

Follow the red-blazed CCC Stone Tower Trail back down to the parking lot, passing the remnants of the stone wall built near the mountain's summit. Continue straight through an unmarked vehicle path and the blue-blazed Stone Wall trail.

If you're looking for a bit more difficulty, more distance, and a little bit wilder trail, make a larger loop with the North Stone Tower trail, also blazed yellow. If you really want more, check out the 8-mile Gahuti Backcountry Trail.

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length0.9 miles
difficulty1.7 Easy
duration30 minutes
features Dog Friendly  History  Summit  Views 
trail typeTrail System
blazeYellow, Red, Blue
elevation gain250 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 34.778573, -84.708872 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°46.71, W 84°42.53 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°46'43'', N 34°46'43'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.778573, -84.708872 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°46.71, W 84°42.53 most GPS units use this one
N 34°46'43'', N 34°46'43'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The trailhead is on the right as you enter 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. There are also nice restrooms at the trailhead.
The CCC Stone Fire Tower is available to the public between 1-4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.
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hikethesouth-2 months ago
Feature Rich Short Hike
There's plenty to check out on this trail. The west overlook has amazing views out toward Chatsworth and Dalton. You can go up in the restored stone fire tower between 1-4pm on weekends. And this being a trail system, you really can choose your own path to hike it different multiple times or try and avoid the more popular paths.
Easy | Hiked Fall 2018
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