F. D. Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain, Georgia is perfect for the inexpensive family weekend get-away. The park is located on Pine Mountain at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. The park was built by Roosevelt’s CCC or Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. “Above Kings Gap is Dowdell’s Knob, Roosevelt’s favorite picnic spot overlooking a magnificent view of the valley below. A life-size sculpture of the beloved president welcomes visitors to the overlook.” (www.gastateparks.org/FDRoosevelt) The Pine Mountain hiking trail winds around the mountain and into the valley where the visitor can view the old CCC camps and fantastic vistas of the surrounding country.
As Georgia’s largest state park, Roosevelt State Park is filled with outdoor activities for the family and the surrounding area contains attractions such as Calloway Gardens. To enter the park, the visitor travels a two-lane road up the mountain with fantastic views and overlooks. From the mountain, the visitor can view Calloway Gardens and the beginning of the mountains in the distance. There is a small fee for entrance and parking or you can purchase a Georgia State Park Year Round Pass that covers all the state parks. Lodging and camping are available with 2 cabins that are dog-friendly. Because of its popularity, you will need to call in advance for reservations for both cabins and camp sites. On the official web site (www.gastateparks.org/FDRoosevelt), you will find prices for lodging and camping as well as information on other activities with costs provided as necessary. Swimming is found at the Liberty Bell Pool, Lake Delano, and Lake Franklin within the park.
Camping is very popular and the camp sites range from primitive to RV sites. Picnic areas are located in several locations throughout the park along with 42 miles of hiking trails. The Pine Mountain hiking trail is not for the faint-hearted. It is an endurance trail that is rough in places; this trail is for the experienced hiker.
Activities for the visitor include the following:
Geocaching – an activity using GPS to locate prizes or caches in each of the 42 Georgia State Parks
Fishing and boating
Horseback riding – for a fee
Attractions located nearby include:
Pine Mountain, GA – antiques and more
Warm Springs, GA with the Little White House
Wild Animal Safari
The park is open year-round with different hours depending upon the time of year. A beautiful piece of our history, this park and the surrounding area take the visitor back into the past and give a glimpse into the life of one of the most famous presidents in our history.