Date of Stay: June, 2010
This park was our least favorite of the Georgia State parks we have stayed in thus far. The park itself seemed a bit older than some of the other parks we have stayed in. The park consists of a Lake that offers fishing and paddle and John Boat rentals. The ranger station offers live bait for sale, along with ice and firewood. There is a $5 parking fee that is charged for every vehicle that enters the park, which seems to be common for all Georgia State parks these days. There were two children's playgrounds at the park. One where the campers stay and one on the public part of the park. Both were fairly inadequate and in poor shape. We were actually afraid for our kids to play on the public one. The camp site one was mainly for older children (8 yrs old or older in my opinion). There are hiking trails there that were enjoyable, but pretty steep in some cases. The actual campsite we stayed at (#17) was fairly level and I will say had quite a bit of usable camping space for setup. The paved road around the campground was narrow, but manageable. The bathrooms and showers were definitely older and pretty dirty as far as I was concerned. This is not a park I would visit again.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
This was our second time staying at Ft. Mountain State Park. We continue to enjoy this park so much that we will be returning again in October. The sites are fairly level, or as level as you can expect given the terrain there. There is plenty of shade at each site. The park has a beach area on the lake for people to swim and while the water was fairly cold, there were quite a few people swimming. There are also paddle boats and John boats for rental there ($5). There is a putt putt course here as well. The park has plenty of hiking trails that are fun to hike on. The ranger station has a few items for sale, TP, firewood, some food items, ice, etc. The only drawback I see to the campground, is there are quite a few mosquitoes and gnats around, so bring bug repellent! The park is family and pet friendly.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
We stayed here in April in a 31' class C. We camped at site #157. The site was fairly level and was gravel. There was a stainless steel gas grill at our site we could use for grilling. The sites were well spaced out on the canopy side of the RV's. The road was dirt/gravel as well. There is a giant field in the middle of the campground for people to play sports or just hang out. The children's playground was newer and well maintained. There was a swimming pool as well that looked well kept, although when we went it was still too cold to swim. The park has a shuttle buss that runs back and forth to attractions at Stone Mountain Park and the campground itself and usually runs about every 30 minutes or so. The restrooms were clean and there was daily trash pickup by the park staff right in front of your vehicle.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
This RV park was very close to the interstate making access to and from it very convenient. There were numerous restaurants very close to the park as well and of course Chattanooga has lots of tourist attractions that are well worth seeing (Rock City, Ruby Falls, The Incline, etc) The restrooms and showers were exceptionally clean...the cleanest I have ever seen and there were plenty of them for all. There was a full store at the park for groceries or RV accessories. Interestingly enough there was a Camping World just down the road a bit. The RV park also sold propane if you needed refills. Each site offered cable, water, electric and a dump station right on the site and free Wi-Fi internet access. The pads were rock and seemed fairly level. There were no trees for shade on 90% of the spots and the spots themselves were very close together (~10ft). This was not the type of campground where there were lots of activities in the park to do like you might find at a state park. The children playground, while cute, was not as up to date as we have seen else where. The two negatives we didn't like were that about 1-2 miles away there is a drag strip and the dragsters could be heard roaring up and down the strip to all hours of the night. The property also seemed to be in the flight path of the local airport, so planes were constantly overhead as well. Overall a nice campground minus the dragsters.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
This state park was beautiful. You do have to drive up a winding mountain road to get there and back down of course, so make sure you have good brakes! There were quite a few things to do without having to actually leave the park...fishing, swimming in the lake, renting paddle boats and hiking. The views from the overlook at the top of the mountain were simply amazing, although there is a 1/2 mile hike to get there. We have small children and they enjoyed playing on the playground, which was in pretty good shape. We saw lots of deer and were told by the park ranger that there are black bears in the park, although we never saw any. The sites were fairly level and spacious. We plan to visit this wonderful place again and would highly recommend this campground.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
The sites are very spacious and there is good separation between sites offering some privacy. The sites were fairly paved and level with lots of shade trees for the hot summer. The bathroom facilities were well maintained and clean. There is a beach area where swimming is permitted, however when we were there, the lake was down too low to swim in the area permitted. The lake front sites had beautiful views of the lakes and if you don't mind hearing boats roar up and down the lake, you will enjoy the campground. There is a well maintained and fairly new looking playground for kids to enjoy. To get to the park, you have to travel down some neighborhood roads and the directions given by the park service were not correct, so Google it yourself.