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:

Pool Opens Saturday, May 27
Wednesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

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

Things To Do & See:

• F.D. Roosevelt Statue at Dowdell's Knob
• 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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Remarkable Reptiles
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Get a close look at some of our scaly park inhabitants like lizards, snakes and turtles. Live animals will be used in the program. Learn about their natural history and how to identify them. Meet at the covered shelter next to the Trading Post in the campground.  $3 ages 4 and up $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Fairy House Furniture Workshop
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 5 PM to 6 PM
Keep your local wood fairies happy. Create furnishings like a small table, chair,or bed. Design pixie playground equipment suitable for immediate delivery to your own tree hollow. We will supply natural woods, nuts, & plant fibers and you add your unique design flair. Meet at picnic tables next to the Boathouse on Lake Delanor in the campground.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Meet at the Large Group Camp -10 minutes from the campground for an half-mile walk down to Lake Franklin. Listen to an amphibian concert and look for eggs, tadpoles, and adults. Learn who is splashing about. Geared towards ages 4 & up. Not stroller accessible. No lakeside restroom. Bring a flashlight.  $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
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Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4PM Sat. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Morning Target Archery
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
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This stationary target shooting adventure is for ages 10 to adult. We provide basic instruction and all the needed equipment. Not geared towards large groups. Groups can contact us for a special time. Pay and pre-register at the Park Office. Meet across the from Park Office.  $8 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Butterflies and Bluebirds
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Aug 4, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Aug 11, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
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Join the naturalist for a short walk and brief talk about butterflies and bluebirds. Both of these flying wonders have needs in order for you to attract them to your yard. We will review these basics and check on our bluebird boxes and demonstration butterfly garden. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Water Wonders
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 4 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 4 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 4 PM to 5 PM
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Take a net to dip in and see what inhabitants live in our lakes. Look for fish, frogs and lots of insects. We provide the nets, viewing scopes, and lots of interesting discoveries. Children must be accompanied by adults. Meet next to the Boathouse on Lake Delanor in the campground. Correct change only, or pay at the park office and bring receipt.  $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Trivia On Wheels
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Find the roving park ranger as he or she rolls through the campground on the 4-wheeler. They may have some interesting discoveries in the ATV with them. Be prepared to answer park trivia questions to win prizes. The ranger will try to make it to all the camping areas. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Watch
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 10 PM
Meet up with the nocturnal rangers to view the 10-20 meteors per hour. Bring a comfy chair, snacks, drinks and binoculars although you can see with the naked eye. Meet at the Stone CCC amphitheater next to the park office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Stream Walk
Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
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Dip in our mountain stream to discover small vertebrates like crayfish and salamanders and macroinvertebrates like dragonfly nymphs. We provide all equipment and lots of interesting discoveries. Geared towards adults and families with children ages 4 and up. Meet at the playground in front of the Liberty Bell Pool. Wear Shoes you can get wet.  $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4656.
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Twilight Adventure Walk
Friday, Aug 4, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Aug 11, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Aug 18, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
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Awaken your senses to the sights and sounds of the evening. Great program for all ages as we walk 1 miles along a natural surface trail and investigate the lives of spectacular spiders, misunderstood bats, and fantastic frogs. Bring a flashlight. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground.  $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Mermaid Swim Again
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Join Mermaid Haley in the Liberty Bell Pool for a another magical swim. The July 15 swim was rained out so guests who attended that session may return for FREE if they sign up now. New mermaid fans, all ages welcome, may register now to attend this encore event.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Campground Jeopardy
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
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Meet some new campground friends and team up for the challenge. Test your knowledge of our special park questions. This is great interactive, electronic, fast-paced activity for adults and kids set up just like the real game show. Meet next to the Trading Post in the campground  $2 ages 4 and up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Homeschool In The Park Day: Seeds
Friday, Aug 11, 2017 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Join us for an exciting end of summer discovery geared towards families who homeschool. Investigate garden and forest seeds.Take a seed walk. Make a seed craft. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park on your own afterwards. Cost per child ages 4 & up. Pre-register & pre-pay. Meet at Picnic Shelter # 2 below Lake Delanor dam in the campground.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pine Mountain Trail Work Day
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Join Pine Mountain Trail Association members for a morning of trail work. Bring work gloves, water and snacks. PMTA furnishes all tools and fun. Meet at FDR State Park Office Parking Lot. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Summer Trail Ramble
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Join Pine Mountain Trail Association guides for a woodland ramble along Sawtooth trail through mixed hardwood forests. Meet at Molly Hugger Hill Parking Lot. End at Fox Den Cove Parking Lot - 2.9 moderate miles. Bring water and a snack. Geared towards ages 10 and up. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Red, White and Cool Blue Summer Splash
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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Pine Mountain Trail Labor Day Adventure Hike
Monday, Sep 4, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Meet your Pine Mountain Trail Association guides at Dowdell’s Knob Parking lot for a moderate, 4.3-mile ramble along the ridge at its highest point. Shuttle available at 2.5 miles for those who need a shorter hike. Geared towards ages 10 & up. Bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Homeschool In The Park Day: Really Rockin'
Friday, Sep 8, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Geared towards families who homeschool, we will investigate our local rock formations then paint-a-rock to hide in the park. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park on your own afterwards. Cost for ages 4 & up. Parents free. Extra guests $5. Pre-register & Pre-pay. Meet at #2 Covered Shelter below the dam in the campground.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pine Mountain Trail Work Day
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Help PMT Association keep our treasured trails in great shape. Meet at FDR State Park Office Parking Lot. Bring work gloves, water and snacks. We furnish all tools and fun. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Dog Splash & Luau at the Liberty Bell Pool
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Unleash the fun as your dog gets to swim in our pool. On-going music and activities. Sponsored by Columbus Area Petsmart. Pre-register and pre-pay at office. Walk-ins welcome, but cash only payments accepted at the door. Must bring proof of current rabies vaccination.  $8 per dog. Humans free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
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Join Dr. Birkhead 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.
Beginning Target Archery Workshop
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
This hands-on class introduces beginning shooters to equipment and target shooting basics. Ages 10-adult. We will use only park equipment. Do not bring personal bows or arrows from home. Pre-register and pre-pay. May cancel if rain. Meet across from Park Office.  $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Target Archery Shoot Out Competition
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Show us your inner Robin Hood. Use only our equipment: compound or recurve bows, 30” arrows, standard, 80 cm target. Shoot 10 arrows. Best score in your age division wins (10-13, 14 & up). Prizes. Pre-register and pre-pay. You may register and pay to shoot twice and take the highest score. Meet across from Park Office.  $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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.
Your State Parks Day: Bamboo Walking Stick Workshop
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Celebrate Your State Parks Day and make a walking stick.Cut aged bamboo poles to desired length and decorate your own sturdy, lightweight stick. Design the grip and add your special décor to the handle. Pre-register and pay at the Park Office. Meet at the Park Office.  $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Your State Parks Day: Discover the Outdoors
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Enjoy wildlife discovery tables and outdoor skills exhibits. Volunteers and staff will share great information on native plants, animals, and skills. Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Star Light, Star Bright
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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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.
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
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F.D. Roosevelt State Park