If you love twisty roads and beautiful views This is the place. We went in December and the weather was a little cool and damp but the views were great when the fog lifted. They're great scenic hikes in the park. Bathrooms were clean with very hot water
great place to be with family and friends. easy to get around and great place to explore.
Big campground. Can get busy fast.
Keep your food stored well - bears.
this camp ground is home to a beautiful lake and several beautiful views along with the actual fort that is at the top of the mountain.
Fort Mountain has options for every kind of camper. From pull through and hookup sites for RV campers to the walk-in sites and platform sites, formerly known as the squirrel's nest. Lots of trees, the restrooms and bath houses are very well kept. There's a nice lake with a swimming area and paddle boat and canoe rentals. There are also nice hiking trails, most of them are pretty easy and well-maintained. There are some beautiful more advanced trails that give you some amazing views of the mountains on various Overlook sites. There are also several beautiful waterfalls for hikers with a little more physical skill. You definitely have to be prepared for Bears. There are bear proof storage containers in a few areas, otherwise everything must be kept stored securely such as in a vehicle. The Bears are not aggressive but they certainly know how to get into a cooler. The platform sites in the squirrel's Nest are fairly remote and rustic. Some of those sites have room to pitch a tent, some of them not so much. You definitely get good exercise hauling your gear from the car but the walk is well worth the privacy. They have also just recently built several additional cabins for those who prefer to be inside.
It’s a really NICE place but after going to several other campgrounds it’s ok.
Beautiful campground that feels a little more like you're in nature than most. Wonderful hiking and views but still family friendly. Listen to them when they ask you to lock coolers in the car… bears are grateful for those who don't listen. Very steep drive up .
Awesome lake, nice beach area and playground. Only downside, no cell service.
I'll be honest. I've never slept outside of a tent. I've always wanted to, but never had the guts to do it. I looked up information on the platforms (also called Squirrel's Nest) on the state park website. It looked doable to me! The description stated it was about 100 yards from the parking area to the platforms. One of the pictures on the website showed (what I thought was an actual photo) a beautifully cleared flat trail. The distance to the platforms is definitely further than 100 yards, the trail is full of large roots and rocks, and it is a steep incline to haul your gear (small cooler, bundle of wood, your pack, chair, food, etc) especially if you're by yourself! The site itself was in a beautiful location, had a hand pump on site, and also had a shared bear proof storage box (shared between 2 sites). There is definitely active wildlife here!! Two other couples at two separate platform sites had encounters with a bear the same weekend I was here. Needless to say, I did it! I slept outside of a tent!! I'm very proud of myself for doing it and will check that off my must try list!