Fort Mountain - Trail, Chatsworth, Georgia

Fort Mountain - Trail, Chatsworth, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

Doubletrack, long loop is hard w/ lots of rocks and pushing, short loop is very nice (6 miles)

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 18, 2012]
justindan
Cross Country Rider

Went out this last weekend and rode the entire 301 loop in the suggested direction. The start of the trail is wide and flowing. It takes you behind the visitors center then up the rock garden after you cross the road and up to the power lines. Getting up to the power lines is technical with some rock garden. Coming down the power lines is gradual to scary steep. Had to walk some of the steep near the end because of leaves and it being frozen over. From there you drop down to the creek [beware of loose rocks] and start a forest service road climb. Not steep but gradual climbing with loose rocks and some down trees. From there it takes you up and down until you get to the last intersection where you start the massive uphill climb. The beginning of the last climb is ride-able, but further up the trail is washed out a bit and not as easy. It gets easier as you get closer to the car.

The scenery is amazing and the waterfall/creek is awesome!

I ride mostly singletrack, so being on this was a change. I didn't like the unkempt nature of the trail with down trees and frequent too big to run over rocks. It was a major challenge to stay on the bike for long periods of time. I'm gonna try it again in the summer, maybe it gets ridden more. Not for the faint of heart. It took us nearly 3 hours to do the 15 mile loop.

Customer Service

301 suggested direction.

Similar Products Used:

Tons near Elijay

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 01, 2011]
Knobby4me
Racer

I rode the entire 301 trail in the clockwise direction. Not sure if it is bidirectional but I would not recommend any other way. I prefer flowy racey trails so this one was not for me with some gnarly rocks and sticks all over the trail. It's a an old logging/gold mine trail and in many areas has not had a lick of maintenance. The 1000' downhill is a real kick and not for the timid. I had XC brakes with a 140mm on the rear and they were smoking hot requiring me to stop several times to let them cool.

The trail has some great views and it's so different than what I like it was a real challenge. I averaged a third less average speed for the 15 mile length. Watch out for the few miles before the park office as its a real challenge. I can't imagine anyone riding the steep switchbacks at the bottom near the creek. You WILL be pushing your bike.

Customer Service

Clockwise and allow more time than you would normally for a 15 mile ride.

I would not ride again but glad I did once. I'll be back to single track and fewer rocks!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 29, 2010]
bcknthsdl
Weekend Warrior

I noticed that these reviews were a few years old so I thought I'd offer what little I can. I've been hearing about improvements there and while I was there, the campground host mentioned that they had nice mtb trails. I rode about 9 miles of the outer loop trail recently but I began on the far side of the dam (when riding counter-clockwise which was the designated direction on Sat.). The trail was pretty well maintained and marked. It was hard packed dirt with some rocks and roots. It's got a lot more single track than it used to, I think, but this as my first time there. It's technical riding with at least one rock garden option. I was riding on the least hilly side of the lake I think because I saw some pretty long looking trails running under power lines and such but didn't ride them. I'm also aware that there is an area called the Monster Mile which, as I understand it, is a long downhill with some rises along the way that give a roller-coaster-like feel to the decent. I discovered that the MM is located behind the damn but that discovery came after I had left the trail so, next time. There will be a next time too. Ft Yargo is a nice park and from what I saw, it has nice mtb trails too. GA State Parks seems to have been investing in attracting mtn bikers and I think they spent some of that money at Ft Yargo.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 03, 2008]
Chris Weber
Cross Country Rider

I just got back from riding the 301 at Ft Mt. "Intense" is the word. I would only recommend this trail to full suspension and disc brake equipment and recommend bring a friend and a cell phone for emergency. The powerline downhill is just plain thrilling and down right scary unless you choose to walk or slide down it full brakes. I personally can't resist the speed but it was silly going out alone the first time not expecting the consistant softball+ size rocks and also crater washout holes. I would also recommend bringing an extra pair of legs because wether you have the endurance to ride it or end up walking it is will drain you. I got in at about 4hrs. The scenery is just wonderful in fall with a great color change but I was in some cool wet/windy weather. So plan ahead for that because of the length of ride. I look fwd to riding it next year knowing what to expect with extra training to enjoy such a thrill.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 06, 2007]
tgw1trk
Cross Country Rider

Very challenging trail. I only had a couple of hours so I wasn't able to ride the entire "301" trail. Instead I did the "302" trail, then took the 301 back to the bike parking area/trailhead. This took took about an hour and a half. The 302 drops down into a deep valley, and the descent is very technically difficult. Many switchbacks, and a roadbed comprised of loose golfball to softball sized rocks. I found it difficult to impossible to maintain much speed at all. The topographical map shows this as a 1ooo' drop. This is followed by a 1ooo' switchback climb with a similar road surface. I road it in autumn, when the climb not only had the loose rocks, but also piles of leaves, making many parts unrideable. I pushed up on foot probably 1/3 of this climb. Not the most rideable trail, but definetely a supreme workout. And I've ridden a lot trails around the SE, and no other trail can match this one in scenary. I'm looking forward to coming back and riding the entire 301 trail (map says 4+ hours). There is also a short/beginer lake loop.

Customer Service

Entrance to park is between Chatsworth and Ellijay. Bear in mind that cyclists need a seperate permit to ride the trails. I stopped in the office to get a map and ask where the bike parking lot was. The guy in the office said NOTHING about any bike trail permit to me, the 1st I knew about it was a sign out on the trail saying riders without permits would be prosecuted. Kind of a bummer. BE SURE TO GET A MAP! You'll be totally lost without it. Signs on trail are good.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 28, 2007]
ou98dtbiggs
Racer

I road the trail starting at the bike park n' ride, and went on the 302. I went down the 302 switchbacks and then right down, down, down, then up, up, up, up. I would go from 25mph(scared to go faster) to 3 yes 3
mph I went 3-4mph for 2miles up this mountain. I am a high placing sport rider and only managed around 7mph. I was a little scared at one point cause I was by myself, and you can't get back to the park very easily. I was doing the down hill Power line stuff, was crazy steep(with rocks etc.., it)kept going down,down, down. My ass was hanging over my rear wheel, and my legs were starting to ache from flexing for so long. At the end of the ride I did this hard switch back(302) that I started the ride going down; I did it going
up. I got a standing ovation from 4 hiker women at the top who had
just hiked it, I was pretty happy to make it up that(no dabs) with the
rocks and roots. A good ride for those in shape, not single track though. I would do it again.

Customer Service

Take 302-to the 301 then back up the 302(against flow though) to the road 16-17miles

Similar Products Used:

Carters Lake was nice up and downs 7miles.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 28, 2006]
jalford32765
Weekend Warrior

If you are looking for wicked single track trails, this trail is not for you. But for a double track trail, this place is very hard. The downhill section of the 302 trail is extremely steep and loaded with loose large rocks. Very hard riding. Then, the end of the 301 trail is a very long, steep up hill climb. In between these two section are some fun areas, but still only double track trails. The scenery is very nice. Overall, I will do this trail again.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 20, 2006]
Dirtman
Weekend Warrior

Man! This trail is sick! I am referring to trail #301 (that has the powerline downhill section) My wife and I went after not being able to locate Stanley Gap. We start out at about 1:30/1:45pm or so. This trail will take all of 4 - 5 hours to complete the lil over 14 mile adventure. Well unless you are SUPERMAN! It was alright for the first 6-7 miles, then came the POWERLINE Drop - a VERY STEEP, Loose rock, Not smooth at all, very trecherous. I had my saddle resting on my CHEST for a lot of the realy rocky loose parts.

You have to be some sort of olympian to ride this trail completely! I will not be going back there again.

Customer Service

It would probably be a great ride going the opposite way, except for the eventual POWERLINE Ascent, which would exhaust the crap out of you!!!! I agree with the previous post - the 11 mile climb will CUSH YOU! My wife an I barely got out of there with some day light, WHEW! Not really that much FUN! VERY VERY SCENIC THOUGH!!!!!! Took lots of pics! If you go be aware and do take a map despite it being very well marked! Have fun!

Similar Products Used:

Pinoti Trail at Bear Creek is a lot of fun!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 08, 2006]
kiwiboy31
Weekend Warrior

This is tough. You're a man if you can ride this and survive. The main downhill is cool and scary at the same time. The uphill from mile 10 - 12 will complete your destruction. Great views, well marked (take the map). Only took and hour to get there from Kennesaw.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 15, 2003]
Denis
Weekend Warrior

Straight down and straight UP. With a little rolling terrain in between. Beautiful views on the climb out if you can still focus.

Customer Service

Follow the signs the map isnt very helpful.

Similar Products Used:

Windy Gap, Milma, Tibbs.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
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