Monday, November 12, 2007

take a hike



A beautiful weekend for camping and hiking. The sky was clear, the air was crisp and cool, the trees were putting on a show of fall colors.

We hiked 5 miles roundtrip from the campground up to near the top of the mountain on the Gahuti trail (Cherokee for Mother Mountain).

Then we climbed up the steps built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in the 1930s to the top of the mountain, to the stone fire tower also built by the CCC.



Along the way we passed by the mysterious wall of rocks which give the mountain its name. The wall is 855 feet long, two to six feet high, made of non-native rock. Experts date it to around 500 AD, and attribute it to either native Americans or Welsh travelers.

Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia: 3,712 acres, 14 miles of hiking trails, 27 miles of mountain biking trails, 25 miles of horse trails. Camping and picnicking year-round, and summertime activities include rentals of fishing boats, canoes, and pedal boats, a sandy beach for swimming, and miniature Golf.



more pictures here

more about the park here

more about the mysterious wall here

5 comments:

June said...

Looks and sounds like it was indeed a beautiful weekend. It's amazing to me how many neat things were built during the depression. I don't want to sound like I'm glad it happened, but I am grateful that FDR made good use of it. I thought the wall and its use was particularly interesting.

Beth said...

Gorgeous photographs, Susan. What a wonderful weekend! Y'all have a lot more color down there than we do here now. It's beginning to look like winter here. Did you have that beautiful park all to yourself? It looks like it in your lovely photos!
Our family loves to hike, too. Especially when we have the trails to ourselves...

sharon b said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend..I will put this park on my must see places.. Looks like we are not moving to Atlanta, but Birmingham.. But, stil sound like a place I'd love to spend a weekend, too.. Thanks for the wonderful photos. Have a great week...

Gypsy Quilter said...

Lovely pics. Thanks for sharing.

LZ Blogger said...

Susan - How very pretty! ~ jb///