Fort Mountain State Park

Fort Mountain State Park

Camping, Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Fishing

Fort Mountain State Park has it all for a family camping trip.  Situated in North Georgia between Elijay and Chatsworth, you can enjoy a choice between pull-in camping, cottages, or pioneer camping sites.  The lake offers swimming and playing on a sandy beach, fishing, canoeing / kayaking, and lots of great trails for biking and hiking.

 

Big Rock Nature Trail

This 3/4 mile loop takes you to a fantastic cascading water fall.  The kids had a blast playing around the falls.  It was a good trail for the family, moderate in hiking difficulty.

Fort Mountain Lake

Come prepared to cool off by the lake.  The kids will love the sandy beach and playgrounds.  We were lucky enough to have a couple kayaks on hand to enjoy the water; and although we didn’t get a chance to fish, we witness a fisherman pull a huge largemouth bass from the lake.

Biking Trails

There are plenty of fun, curvy, paved roads for biking, and also several off-road biking trails through the woods.

The View

Don’t miss out on the overlooks.  The views are amazing!

Camping

We decided that it would be fun to head a little north for total eclipse 2017 to be in the line of totality. At home we were in the 97% totality. So we Jared booked a camp site. A primitive camp site. Like you walk all your stuff in campsite. Like you have no neighbors in the case of a bear attack campsite. Like the park ranger walks down your trail at eleven o’clock at night to tell you they are having a problem with bears in the area campsite. For real. You know about Goose and me and bears, right? I mean. . hello. . . Yellowstone. The friendly little park ranger tried to convince us that we would be okay just as long as we do not put anything that smells in the tent. No chap stick, baby wipes, lotions, anything. Um. . . We are camping with a 5 month old, a three year old, a six year old, and an 8 year old (who is now clinging to me as if the park ranger is a bear himself). And I’m pretty sure that after being in the woods all day they all smell a little. No one slept that night. Em, all the kids, and I put a big tent in a three sided shelter thing and tried to sleep in there all night. Nan and Pop slept in a test just below us. And Jared plopped himself, a flashlight, and a gun in a hammock. All of this and the fact that it was about a million and one degrees out we headed home early and watched the eclipse from the pool.

Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards

Year Round Fruit Picking

We hit up Mercier Orchards this year at the end of peach season (mid-August) and learned that apple season was just about to open.  The peaches were big, juicy, and delicious.  It was a great experience for the family… but what we didn’t know is that Mercier is open year round for fruit picking.  You can come pick apples, peaches, blue berries, strawberries, and probably other fruits depending on what is in season.

Cutler Reservoir, UT

Cutler Reservoir, UT

Sunset Canoe Trip

Cutler Reservoir is a reservoir located in Cache Valley, UT.  It is an impoundment on the Bear River built for irrigation, flood control, and water supply… but has become a haven to all kinds of birds in the marsh and a beautiful place for a day on canoes or kayaks.

Antelope Island State Park, UT

Antelope Island State Park, UT

If you want to see the Great Salt Lake, see it through Antelope Island.

Beautiful drive.  Beautiful hiking.  Great place to swim at Bridger Bay (parking next to Island Buffalo Grill).  We went in early June, right before the noseeums (biting gnats) by luck… so if you plan to go make sure you go then too!