Fort Mountain State Park is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in North Georgia. The park’s main attraction is the epic overlooks with views of the North Georgia mountains. At the top of the mountain hikers will find a stone fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, open for tours on the weekends. The drive up the mountain has quite a few curves, but our truck did great.
The park includes a 17-acre lake with paddle boats to rent in the summer, a sand beach, and a putt-putt course. The State Park offers a fully stocked visitors center with plenty of ice and firewood. No cell service in the campground of Fort Mountain State Park, however we did get service over by the cabins and lake.
The campground offers overnight experiences in 15 fully-stocked cottages and 62 campsites. A couple of the cottages have overlook views of their own and some of them are directly off the trail around the lake. My parents rented cottage 9 this particular week. They have stayed at Fort Mountain once before, in cottage 10.
They chose cottage 9 this time because of the view of the woods from the porch and the trail in the back. We figured out that the trail ends in the middle of the woods and doesn’t actually go anywhere. Cottage 9 is a two bedroom/two bathroom with living room, kitchen, and porch. Both bedrooms have queen beds and my parents report that they were comfortable. The beds are made up before check-in and towels are supplied.
The furniture in the living room was comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. There were a couple things wrong with the cottage though. One complaint was not enough reading lamps. The chairs at the kitchen counter were way too high. It was impossible for an adult to sit at the counter height. The fridge door handle was completely missing and the microwave handle was broken on one side. The park supplied the bathrooms with shampoo and body wash, but did not supply the sinks with hand soap.
Fort Mountain State Park cottages come with the outdoor camping pad just like the campsites. There is a picnic table and firepit. Unfortunately this was set up right next to the picnic table and firepit for cottage 10. The family in this cottage was having a reunion and exceeded the number of people and cars. Cottage 9 and 10 also share a driveway. Multiple times throughout the weekend we had to ask them to move their cars as they took up too many spaces (5) or blocked us in.
Cottage 1 seems to be the best two-bedroom cottage at Fort Mountain State Park. From its porch and picnic table you have your own personal overlook view. This cottage is handicap though so I’m not sure if you are allowed to book it unless you have a handicap tag. I wonder if it is similar to the campsites where you can book it if all others are reserved. Cottages 3, 4, and 5 all are right off the trail around the lake.