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, Jan 28, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
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.
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.
Eye Spy 20 Winter Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Feb 11, 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.
Target Archery
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.
Coffee and a Sunrise
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 7 AM to 9 AM
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 7 AM to 9 AM
Watch the sun rise from a glorious view point along Pine Mountain Ridge. Enjoy your choice of hot beverages and a 1-mile, interpretive ridge walk. Dress for the weather. Pre-register and pre-pay by calling the park office. May be cancelled if severe weather.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Homeschool and Sprouts In The Park Snow Moon Campfire
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Join us under a full moon and around a roaring campfire. Program geared towards families who have young children. Activities and fun games followed by a marshmallow roast. Bring a flashlight and roasting stick. Must pre-register and pay. Meet at the stone amphitheater next to the park office.  $5 ages 4-18. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Candy Shoot: Target Archery
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 11 AM to 1 PM
Stationary target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction equipment and candy prizes. Not geared towards large groups. Groups can contact us for a special time. Pay and pre-register at Park Office. Meet across the street from Park Office.  $8 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, Feb 17, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
Help us count winter birds during this international event sponsored by Audubon and Cornell University. Novice and expert birders welcome. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Park Office and we will carpool to sites. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Presidential 20-20 Auction
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Check out our new, fast-paced auction. Pre-registered sellers have 20 minutes each to wow you with indoor and outdoor collectibles, antiques, camping gear and household items. No vehicles, clothing, animals or food items. Held rain or shine inside the heated Group Shelter in the campground below the dam.  Free for buyers; $20 sellers. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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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Arbor Day Tree Talk and Walk
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Learn winter tree ID and discover fascinating information about our native trees. Dress for the weather. Meet behind the Group Shelter below the dam next to picnic shelter #2. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Star Light, Star Bright
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Join the Columbus Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Bring a chair or blanket for sitting on grassy field. Meet at the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Winter Woodland Wanderings
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Join the naturalist for a guided, woodland adventure. We will investigate plant and animal wonders along the trail. All ages are welcome. Dress for the weather. Leashed dogs are allowed. Meets next to the Trading Post in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Certified Pool Operator Class
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Pre-register on-line for the two-day, Certified Pool Operator class. Click on the link. http://www.pooloperatorcourse.com/ Class held at the Group Shelter in the campground below the dam. Pre-registration required. Fee and class time information online. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
March in The Park
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Join us for our first 3-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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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.
Soak It In
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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Fairy House Contest
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.
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