LOCATION: 2970 GA Hwy 190 Pine Mountain, GA Park: 706-663-4858 Reservations: 800-864-7275 LENGTH: 40 miles of trails plus 20 miles of equestrian trails TYPE: Loops RANKING: Easy to strenuous ACCESS: 7 am - 10 pm USAGE: Moderate FEES: $5 Parking Fee or purchase an annual ParkPass MAPS: At entrance SURFACE: Compact soil with tree roots FEATURES: Lake, pool, canoe rental & fishing, restrooms, camping COMMENTS: Great family park PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain Wild Animal Pk Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site
This park is Georgia's largest state park covering 9,049 acres and a haven for hiker's and backpacker's. There are more than 40 miles of trails, including the popular 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail. Visitors are surprised to find rolling mountains just 80 miles from Atlanta. Pine Mountain is on the southern-most edge of the Appalachian Mountain range.
Several structures within the park were built by Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Above Kings Gap is Dowdell's Knob, Roosevelt's favorite picnic spot. A life-size sculpture of President Roosevelt welcomes visitors to the overlook.
We hiked the short 3-mile Mountain Creek Trail due to all the rain during our five-day stay at FDR. This was a fun hike with many hills to climb and a creek to cross. The hardwoods and wild ferns were beautiful and the trail was fairly well marked. It was very quiet and we didn't meet anyone on our hike. Mountain Creek is just one of nine trails and the Pine Mountain trail is the longest at 23 miles.
FDR State Park is one of five state parks in Georgia that have horse trails. Guided trail rides are available for the whole family or feel free to bring your own horse and enjoy the trails. Primitive overnight horse camping and stall rentals are also available. For a minimal fee and current Coggins you can enjoy riding the trails all day.