Fort Mountain Stone Tower
Fort Mountain State Park in northern Georgia was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. Part of the Cohutta Mountain Range, the park gained its name for a stone structure located along a mountaintop in the area.
The park officially opened in 1936. The CCC built the park’s infrastructure and constructed many of its facilities such as the lake and recreational buildings. CCC work crews also did forestry work and made hiking trails.
“One of the most notable contributions by the CCC,” according to Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, “is the large stone fire tower that stands four stories tall at the top of the mountain. As its name suggests, this lookout tower allowed rangers to spot fires up to 40 miles away. The building of the stone tower was led by local stone mason Arnold Bailey.”
Fort Mountain State Park continues to offer opportunities for camping, hiking, and other recreational activities.
“Fort Mountain State Park History,” Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. https://gastateparks.org/sites/default/files/parks/pdf/fortmountain/FortMountainStateParkHistory.pdf
“Experience Ft. Mountain State Park in Chatsworth Georgia,” n-georgia.com. https://www.n-georgia.com/ft-mountain-state-park-trip.html
Project originally submitted by Gray Brechin on April 3, 2022.
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