style="float: left; padding: 10px;" border="0">Fort Mountain State Park was established in 1938 after Ivan Allen donated the initial acreage to the state, ensuring the unique cultural and natural resources atop Fort Mountain would be protected for future generations. The original property included campgrounds, a 17-acre lake, day-use area, trails, and later, rental cottages.
In the late 1990s, through federal and state funding, the park expanded its boundaries to include 3,712 acres. This expansion has helped protect the park from the booming mountain realty developments and provided more recreational opportunities. The park has a premier trail system that is second to none in Georgia, including hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails.
Fort Mountain has many unique resources, including the old fort wall that is estimated to be between 500 and 2,000 years old; its origins are an unsolved mystery even to this day. The CCC constructed many facilities in the park, including the stone fire tower, trails, the lake, and some park buildings. Fort Mountain is home to rare or unusual species such as the Tennessee Leafcup, Yellow and Pink Ladyslippers, Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat, and the Eastern Small-footed Bat.