F.D. Roosevelt State Park

F.D. Roosevelt State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-663-4858
Stables — local 706-628-7463

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"Inspired by the natural wonders of Pine Mountain Ridge, F.D. Roosevelt State Park bridges the hope of the past to preservation for the future."

At 9,049 acres, Georgia’s largest state park is a hiker’s and backpacker’s haven. More than 40 miles of trails, including the popular 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail, wind through hardwood and pines, over creeks and past small waterfalls. Many visitors are surprised to find rolling mountains 80 miles southwest of Atlanta. Above King’s Gap is Dowdell’s Knob where President Franklin D. Roosevelt sometimes picnicked and pondered world affairs. A life-size sculpture of the president now welcomes visitors to the overlook.

Several park amenities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, including cottages and the Liberty Bell Swimming Pool fed by cool springs. A wooded campground sits near the edge of a small fishing lake, and privately operated stables offer guided horseback rides. In 1924, FDR came to this part of Georgia to swim in naturally warm springs that offered relief from polio. Today, nearby Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site invites visitors to see his modest home, a museum and the pools that first drew him here.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Dowdell's Knob Hours:

April–September 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
October–March 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Liberty Bell Swimming Pool Hours:

Closed for the season

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 9,049 Acres
• 21 Cottages ($110–$175) — #18 & #19 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 140 Campsites ($26–$30)
• 16 Backcountry Campsites ($10/person)
• 7 Picnic Shelters ($50)
• Group Shelter (seats 85, $95–$165)
• 1 Group Camp (capacity 75, $450)
• Pioneer Campground ($55)
• 2 Lakes (15-acre Lake Delanor & 25-acre Lake Franklin)
• Liberty Bell Swimming Pool (fee)
• Gift Shop
wireless connection Available in the park office

Things To Do & See:

• F.D. Roosevelt Statue at Dowdell's Knob
• First Time Camper Program
• Hiking & Backpacking — 42 miles of trails; Pine Mountain Trail
• Fishing
• Boat Rental
• Kayak & Canoe Rental
• Picnicking
• Playground
• Pool Swimming (fee) — seasonal; evening pool party rental; swim lessons available
• Horseback Riding — stables; 28 miles of trails; reservations required; rules of stables & equestrian trails
• Geocaching
• Stargazing
• Birding
• Interpretive Programs
Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

• Callaway Gardens
Columbus, Georgia
• LaGrange, Georgia
Pine Mountain, Georgia
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site
Macon, Georgia
Thomaston, Georgia
• Warm Springs Village
• West Point Lake
Wild Animal Safari

F.D. Roosevelt School Program Brochure

School Program Application

"My Chat with F.D.R." — Georgia Living Magazine, August 2008

Review of FDR State Park Cottages

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Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
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Start anytime. Team up (2-6 people) and compete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4:00 PM Saturday. Winner announced at 4:00 PM. Prizes and ribbon awarded. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winter Trail Hike
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Meet up with Pine Mountain Trail Association guides and hike 5 miles along the ridge. Begin at Fox Den Cove Parking Lot and End at Mollyhugger Hill Parking Lot. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Bring water and snack. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Target Archery
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Stationary target shooting for ages 10 and up. We provide basic instruction and equipment. Geared towards beginners ages 10 to adult. Pre-register and pay at the park office. Meet across from the park office.  $8 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Target Archery Candy Shoot
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Win candy prizes and teddy bears as beginners ages 10 to adult shoot stationary targets. We provide all equipment. Not geared towards large groups, but groups may contact us for special times. Pre-register and pre-pay at the park office. Meets across from the office.  $8 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Cards for Christmas with Santa
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 4 PM to 6 PM
Get your picture taken with Santa and help him write Christmas Cards for delivery to our park neighbors who may need some camper cheer. Meet at the Park Office on hwy 190. Donations of new, unwrapped children’s’ toys will be accepted for local family charities. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Volunteer to Help Us Bring Santa to the Park
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 11 AM to 9 PM
Become one of Santa's official helpers or help us coordinate special holiday park events with Santa Claus. There are campground, canoe, and horse events to set up and host. Contact the park office for more info. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Cookie Challenge
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 11 AM to 1 PM
Enter your favorite, homemade cookies in our contest. Bring 1 dozen cookies on a paper plate in a closable, plastic bag to the park office between Fri. Dec 16 & 10 AM, Sat. Dec 17, 11:00 AM. Adult division (13 & up) and Children’s division (up to age 12). Prizes. Details available when you pre-register and pre-pay $5 at the park office.  $5 each recipe. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Lake Paddle with Santa
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Join Santa’s flotilla on Lake Delanor. Hot chocolate & cookies included. We provide Santa & canoe, kayak, jon boat or paddleboat. Must pre-register, prepay & pick up jackets & paddles at the park office. Limited space. Dress for the weather. Meet at Fishing Dock. Arrive by 1:30 PM for sign-in.  $10 ages 10-adult;$5 ages 4-9 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Campsite Decorating Contest
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Show us your PG-13 rated creative side at your site. Make us believe you love the holiday season and camping. No nails or staples on plants. No unattended candles or fires. Leave no trace decorating ideas. Judging from 6:00-7:30 PM. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Ribbons/prizes placed at winning campsites. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Holiday Bingo And Ugly Sweater Contest
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Wear your brightest, boldest and possibly ugliest holiday sweater or sweatshirt to play bingo. We will provide hot chocolate and a warm fire. Bring marshmallows and a stick. Prizes. Pay correct change on site.  $3 per bingo card. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Junior Ranger Winter Discovery Camp
Monday, Dec 19, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Discover park trails, trees and animals in this 2-day camp. Fee includes outdoor adventures, indoor labs,and craft projects. Geared towards ages 8 to 12. Camp meets in the Group Shelter. Limited space. Fills quickly. Must pre-register and pre-pay. More info at park office.  $60 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Santa Visits Campground
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Between 6:45 & 7:45 PM Look for Santa to arrive in a big, red fire truck. He will cruise through the campground briefly and hand out candy canes. Meet the firetruck at the Trading Post parking lot. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fairy House Contest
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 11 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Dec 30, 2017 11 AM to 4 PM
Build a home for fairies, pixies, or gnomes. Use outdoor-sturdy, unique, natural materials. Show us your whimsical creativity. Recycled and repurposed wood, glass, ceramic and metal accents are ok, no plastic. Nails and glue allowed. Must have a door and windows. Must be less than 24” high with no larger than 30” x 30” base.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
First Day Hike on the Pine Mountain Trail
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Join members of the Pine Mountain Trail Association for a 4.3 mile, moderate Dowdell's Knob Loop hike to celebrate the New Year. Meet at the Dowdell's Knob trailhead. Geared towards ages 8 and up. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. 706-663-4858.
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Audubon's 117th Christmas Bird Count
Thursday, Jan 5, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Join us and Callaway Gardens for a day in the gardens, fields, and woods counting our feathered friends. Birding experience suggested. Call 706-663-5155 or email plcolli@callawaygardens.com. Details to follow after registration. Meets at Callaway Gardens Discovery Center. $5 parking. 706-594-0578.
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Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
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Team up for our on-site camera scavenger hunt. Pick up the check list and rules at the park office. Pictures must be brought to the office by 4PM Saturday. Winners will be notified by phone to pick up their prize on Sat. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Campground Chili Challenge and Tasting IV
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 12:30 PM to 2 PM
Sign up to enter this fun, annual, amateur cooking contest or register to be a taster or a heat challenger. Cook on-site or off-site. Cooks pre-register & pre-pay by Jan 12. Must cook 5 qts & bring in crock pot. Tasters & heat challengers pre-register & pre-pay by Jan 14. Entry forms available at Park Office. Prizes.  $5 Chili Tasters & Hot Pepper Heat Challengers; $10 Chili Cooks $10 Chili cookers $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Martin Luther King Day Hike
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Join Pine Mountain trail guides for a winter adventure along the Pine Mountain Ridge through a mixed hardwood forest. Begin at the WJSP radio tower and end at Rocky Point Parking Lot. Geared towards ages 8 and up. 5.0 moderate miles, natural surface. Bring water and a snack. Dress for the weather. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Homeschool In The Park Day: Mammal Field Study
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Geared towards families who homeschool, but open to other families. Investigate mammals in the field. Look for signs like scat and tracks. Check live traps and investigate study areas. Not stroller accessible. No restroom. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park afterwards. Meet at the Large Group Camp near the Stables. Dress for the out of doors.  $5 per child ages 4 & up. Parents free. Extra adults $5 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Mammal Field Study
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Families and adults are welcome. Investigate mammals in the field, scat, tracks and other signs. Check live traps and investigate study areas. Not stroller accessible. No restroom. Meet at the Large Group Camp near the Horse Stables. Must pre-register and pre-pay. Dress for the out of doors.  $5 ages 4-18. Adults free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bamboo Walking Stick Workshop
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Cut aged bamboo poles to desired length and decorate your own sturdy, lightweight walking stick. Design the grip and add your special décor to the handle. Pre-register & pre-pay at the Park Office. Meet at the enclosed Group Shelter below the dam in the campground.  $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
March in The Park
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Join us for our first 4-mile, mountain-top walk along the closed highway 190. This smooth surface road goes from an easy to moderate grade and offers fabulous scenery along Pine Mountain Ridge. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Must pre-register to receive a t-shirt.  $15-$25 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Celebrate Arbor Day
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 11 AM to 2 PM
Celebrate Georgia's Arbor Day with us. Test your Tree IQ and see what you know about Georgia's trees. Go on a tree scavenger hunt and pick up a free tree seedling to take home. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Night Eggstravaganza
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Arrive early for a hot dog supper, fantastic egg games and the petting coral. Begin with competition games: egg tossing & ribbon runs for ages 10 -adult. Visit the animals in the petting coral. Bring your basket & flashlight for a candy egg hunt separated by age: up to 3 yrs, 4-6 yrs, and 7-9 yrs.  $5 ages 3-9; 10 & up free $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Red, White and Cool Blue Summer Splash
Saturday, May 27, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Come splash with us at the Liberty Bell Pool. Food, fun, music and contests with prizes for the whole family. Liberty Bell Pool Hwy 354. DJ poolside from 1-3PM.  $2 - $5. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Music and Dancing On The Mountain: National Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Come join our talented local musicians, Randy and Darlene Dameron, and celebrate the great outdoors. Bring a chair or blanket or enjoy cement amphitheater seating. Dance and sing-a-long to 60's and 70's music. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Dog Splash & Luau at the Liberty Bell Pool
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Unleash the fun as your dog gets to swim in our pool before it closes for the season. On-going music and activities. Contests every 30 minutes include dog limbo, swimsuit, best splash, and best trick. Prizes. Vet question and answer table. No humans allowed in the pool. Sponsored by Columbus Area Petsmart. Pre-register at office. Walk-ins welcome.  $8 per dog. Humans free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Volunteer for Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Three volunteer opportunities available. All must sign up in advance by calling the park office. No walk-ins; T-shirt provided. Free parking. (1) Horse Trail Clean Up (2) Trail Clean-Up (3) Discovery Table/ Learning Station managers,monitors, and hosts. Topics may vary. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Music and Dancing On the Mountain
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Dance, sing-a-long, and enjoy classic vinyl 1960s and '70s music with Randy & Darlene Dameron, our popular local musicians. Cement seating. You may want to bring a chair or cushion. Meet at the stone amphitheater next to the park office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Campground Halloween Adventure
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Its a fall celebration for all ages. Enter a carved pumpkin in our contest or bowl a pumpkin for prizes. Prizes for best decorated campsite. Campsite trick or treating at dark. Check with office for details. Some programs require pre-registration and a fee.  free-$2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Veterans Day Celebration
Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Thanks to all of our veterans! Come spend the day with us. Flag retirement ceremony at 10:00 AM. Free appreciation hot dog lunch for veterans and their families at 11:00 (must sign up ahead.) Free 1-hr boat rental the entire weekend. Check in at the Park Office on Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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F.D. Roosevelt State Park
2970 Georgia Highway 190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Harris County

GPS Coordinates:

N 32.837533 | W -084.815616
Located just off I-185 near Callaway Gardens, west of Warm Springs on Route 190, or south of Pine Mountain off U.S. Highway 27.

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F.D. Roosevelt State Park
2970 Georgia Highway 190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822 View Details

F.D. Roosevelt State Park