Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On The Outside Of Fort Mountain State Park

Besides all of the things you can do inside Fort Mountain State Park, there are plenty of other activities and beautiful mountain views outside the park. While I rested and enjoyed our nice shady campsite, Gary and Dodge spent a good amount of time in nearby Chatsworth, Dalton, Ellijay, and even as far away as Tunnel Hill and Ringgold. Gary constantly shops for antiques, and the list of antique stores he visited while in the Fort Mountain area was a long one. He found a new favorite in Dalton called Bucket List Antiques, and visited an old favorite in Tunnel Hill called Grumpy's. Bucket List was smaller, but fun. Grumpy's is HUGE, with everything from little items to motorcycles and cars. Both stores had plenty of things that Gary just HAD to have. He will return to both of them on every visit to the area, and I know that for certain. Coming from nearby Chatsworth, those mountains may look tiny in the distance, but don't be fooled. Poor old Dodge had to haul Gary and all his purchases up and down those steep hills and constantly winding roads MANY times, and you know how much he dislikes inclines. At least he didn't have to tow me but once going up, and once coming down. Black bears may be common in the area, but the only one that was seen by us, is the one that someone hit with their vehicle and killed. Gary got closer to him to take the pictures than I would have. SCARY! On a lighter note, there are several scenic overlooks with safe places to pull off the roadway and enjoy. The views aren't quite as spectacular as those within the park, but very pretty nevertheless. Like I said in my last post, we will definitely return to Fort Mountain again. It's a beautiful park with lots to see and do, the campground is AWESOME, and if you're an antique fanatic like my buddy Gary, there's a couple of the best antique stores ANYWHERE within a relatively short driving distance. Who could ask for more?

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