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.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/FDRoosevelt

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:

Opens Memorial Day Weekend: May 28, 2016
June–July, Wednesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
August, Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Closes Labor Day Weekend: September 6, 2016

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:

• 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
• F.D. Roosevelt Statue at Dowdell's Knob

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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Events
Volunteers Needed for the Red Fox Fun Run
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Registration helpers and trail directional guides needed for our annual Red Fox Fun Run. Race held inside the campground. Volunteers need to sign up by calling the Park Office, $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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5 K and 1 Mile Red Fox Fun Run
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 7 AM
Run like a fox on this campground course. Open to all ages. Prizes. Must pre-register and pre-pay at park office or register on park website form and email it in, then call park office with CC information. Sign up and pay by Aug 25 for shirt; Check-in at Boathouse at Lake Delanor in campground.  $10-$25 $15 early group (6 or more) $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Volunteer to Help Us with the Labor Day Pool Splash Celebration
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 9 AM to 4 PM
Help us conduct poolside games and activities for the whole family. Contact the park office for more information and to sign up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
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Start anytime. No time limit. 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 anytime. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4PM Saturday. Prizes. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pine Mountain Trail Summer Ramble
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Join the Pine Mountain Trail Association members for a summer adventure along the Pine Mountain Ridge. This 2.9 mile ramble along Sawtooth Trail begins at Mollyhugger Hill Parking Lot. It ends at Fox Den Cove. Bring water and a snack. Geared towards ages 8 and older. Transportation back to vehicle provided. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Cool Pool Summer Splash Celebration
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Come splash with us! Food, fun activities like corn hole and volleyball, contests, and prizes for the whole family. Liberty Bell Pool Hwy 354. DJ poolside from 1-3PM.  $2 - $5. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Dog Splash & Luau at the Liberty Bell Pool
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Unleash the fun as dogs get 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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Grandparent's Day Celebration
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Bring grandma and grandpa to the park. Play our hands-on, interactive nature bingo game. Meet wild animals. Win prizes, and have fun with your grandparents. All ages welcome. Snacks and drinks provided. Must pre-register.  $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Sprouts In The Park: Seeds
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Join our new nature club with hands-on discoveries for toddlers ages 2-4 and their caregivers. In September we investigate all kinds of seeds. Bring a stroller and picnic to enjoy in the park after the class. Must pre-register and pre-pay. Meets at the picnic shelter below the dam in the campground.  $5 children; Adults free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Volunteer To Help With Harvest Moon Paddle
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Help us set up boats and gear, outfit paddlers, and go out on the lake with guests. Experienced paddlers only. Must sign up in advance. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Survival Skills I
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Join instructor, Jimmy Culpepper, for an exciting hands-on skills class. Learn basic outdoor adventure prep, natural hazards, fire building, water purification and lost prevention. Geared towards adults or families with kids ages 12 and up. Bring water. Must pre-register. No walk-ins. Meet at the wooden amphitheater across from the Group Shelter.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Join us for a stroll along the woodland edges to listen and look for feathered friends. Bring binoculars or share park loaners. We provide a check list. Meet at the Boat House on Lake Delanor in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bluebirds and Butterflies
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Help us monitor our bluebird nest boxes and check on our butterfly garden. Short walk. Brief talk on basics of attracting both to your yard. Handouts provided. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
One Fish, Glow Fish
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Bring your pole or borrow ours and meet us by the lake for an evening fishing adventure. We provide bait and fishing tips. Adults must accompany children. Pay at office and bring receipt or pay correct change on-site. Meet at Lake Delanor Fishing Dock in the campground.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Volunteer for Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9:30 AM to 1:30 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) Civilian Conservation Corps Fish Pools Clean Out (3) Discovery Table/ Learning Station managers,monitors, and hosts $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Discover the Outdoors
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Meet a turtle. Talk to a naturalist. Learn how to build a fire. Volunteers and staff onboard to share great info on wildlife and outdoor skills. Learning stations. Discovery tables. Live reptiles. Hands-on fun for kids and adults. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Volunteer To Help With The Kids Fishing Rodeo
Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 11 AM to 4 PM
Help us set-up this fishing event, manage registration, fishing games, activities, and more. Held at the Liberty Bell Pool. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Kids Fishing Rodeo at the Liberty Bell Pool
Sunday, Sep 25, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Sign up for catfish fishing and fun activities. Event includes hotdog lunch, special gift, door prizes, bait. No outside bait is allowed. Bring one pole per child. There is a 3-fish limit. Must pre-register and pre-pay. Limited space. Open to ages 4-12. One chaperone per child free. Meets at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354.  Children $10- One adult free per child. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Park Pokemon: Let's Go
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Bring your cell phone and join us for a Pokemon Go adventure hunt. After a brief park and game introduction where you can look for Poke stops or gyms, we will head out in the woods on a 1-mile ridge trail. Hatch a few eggs as naturalists introduce you to the wonders of Pine Mountain Ridge. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Dulcimer Jam
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Listen to Appalachian lap dulcimers and assorted other acoustical instruments as musicians play traditional folk tunes. Enjoy a magnificent view off Pine Mountain Ridge. Bring a folding chair. Meet behind the Park Office on Highway 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Homeschool In The Park Day: Spiders
Friday, Oct 7, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join us for an exciting discovery geared towards families who homeschool. Join the Interpretive Ranger for a spider collection walk. Discover spiders up close in an investigative lab. Make a spider craft to take home. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park on your own afterwards. Meet at the stone picnic shelter #1 next to the pool on hwy 354.  $5 per child ages 4 & up. Parents free. Extra adults $5 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bat Bingo
Friday, Oct 7, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Play our original, fast-paced bingo game. Win prizes and learn about our fabulous flying mammals at the same time. Great fun for families or adults. Meet at the shelter next to Trading Post in the Campground.  $3 per card $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fairy House Furniture Workshop
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Keep your local wood fairies happy. Create a small table, chair, bed, or playground equipment suitable for immediate delivery to your own tree hollow. Adults and families with children welcome. We will supply natural woods, nuts, & plant fibers and you can add your unique design flair. Meet at Boathouse on Lake Delanor in the campground.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Raptors in Flight
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Join naturalist Dale Arrowood from Winged Ambassadors for a flighted display and educational presentation of owls, hawks, falcons and more. Stone seating available or bring a chair. Meet at the Stone amphitheater next to the park office on Highway 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Music and Dancing On the Mountain
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Dance, sing-a-long, and enjoy classic vinyl 60's and 70's 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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Going Caching 2016
Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
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Come join us for a 4-days geocache Mega event. The theme is "Steam Punk Time Travel," blending history with a whole lot of time travel mystery. Loads of new geocaches are now making their way through time portals and await your arrival. Details and registration at geocaching.com.  Varies plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Bamboo Walking Stick Workshop
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 11:30 AM to 1 PM
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 covered outdoor shelter next to Trading Post in the campground.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Volunteer to Help Us with Halloween Events
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 4 PM to 9 PM
Sign up to be hosts, judges and decorators for pumpkin, costume, and campsite contests. Contact the park office for more information. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fall Celebration
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 6 PM to 9:30 PM
Participate in a carved or decorated pumpkin contest, cookie contest, and campsite decorating competition. Trick or treat throughout the campground at dark. All events held in the campground area.  varies for contests $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Volunteer to Help Us with Our Fall Homeschool Program
Friday, Nov 4, 2016 8 AM to 1 PM
Help our staff coordinate and instruct our fall program geared towards families who home school. Contact the park office for details. $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.
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 & basic paddle instruction for 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.  $10 ages 4 & up $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Going Batty
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Dispel myths and discover fascinating facts about these amazing flying mammals with Dr. Mark Yates from LaGrange College. Meet at the covered shelter next to campground Trading Post. Geared towards adults and families with children ages 8 & up.  $2 correct change $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Address/Directions
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


  32.837533
F.D. Roosevelt State Park