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 — #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
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

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

Review of FDR State Park Cottages

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Dr. Seuss Read Across America
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 8 AM to 6 PM
Remember Dr. Seuss' March 2 birthday by reading one of his books and voting for your favorite. Loaner books will be available. Meet at Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pine Mountain Ridge Walk I
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 8 AM to 1 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.  $10-$20 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 18, 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.
Tails on Trails Dog Hike
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Bring your canine friend and join the naturalist for a 1-mile guided, woodland walk. Human friends are accepted also. Learn about local habitats and inhabitants. Meet in front of the Trading Post in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
American Frontier Days
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See living skills displays like cooking and blacksmithing from local historians Walk through time from the mid 1700s to the late 1800's. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354.  Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Fairy House Furniture Workshop
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
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.
Beekeeping Basics
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
Get the buzz on these important pollinators from our local Master Beekeeper Bob Jones. He will review bee basics, beekeeping fundamentals and provide resources. Meet at Stone Picnic Shelter #1 next to pool.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
March Madness Bingo
Friday, Mar 17, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Mar 31, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Play our fun, original game perfect for adults or families. Win prizes and roast marshmallows over the campfire. Bring a stick. Shelter next to the campground Trading Post.  $3 for each bingo card $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bluebirds 101
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Local bluebird specialist Lamar Hamrick explores the basics of bluebird natural history and housing so you have the tools to attract these feathered friends to your yard. Handouts provided. Meet at the enclosed Group Shelter below the campground dam. Cash please.  $6 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Pine Mountain Trail Green Hike
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Trek along the Pine Mountain Trail and view rich woodlands with guides from PMT Association. 3.5 moderate miles of hiking end at Rocky Point Parking Lot. Guides will help transport you back to your car. Bring water. Geared towards ages 8 and older. Meet at Dowdell’s Knob Trailhead. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Tea with Eleanor Roosevelt
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Chat with our local historian, Nancy Simko, as she portrays Mrs. Roosevelt and reflects on the Civilian Conservation Corps. Enjoy a drink and finger foods. Must pre-register and pre-pay. Held at the indoor Group Shelter in the campground.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Lucky Clover Shoot
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 1 AM to 3 PM
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 1 AM to 3 PM
Stationary target shooting adventure for ages 10 to adult. Prizes for skilled and lucky archers. We provide basic instruction equipment and 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.
Archery Volunteer
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 12 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 12 PM to 4 PM
Help us with our public, target archery shoots on Saturdays and Sundays listed on our public calendar. Volunteers help us set up, take down and assist with basic archery instruction for beginners. Contact FDR park to sign up to help. Email fdrpark_naturalist at yahoo.com or call park office. We must confirm your times and dates. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Survival Skills I
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Join instructor Jimmy Culpepper for a 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 older. Bring water. Must pre-register. Meet at the wooden amphitheater across from Group Shelter.  $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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April Fools 23-Mile Hike
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 6:45 AM to 6 PM
Start at sunrise with leader Bob Jones to traverse the 23 miles of this fabulous and diverse trail along Pine Mountain Ridge. Early registration includes t-shirt. Volunteers will pick up hikers at the end. Meet at Callaway Country Store Overlook Parking Lot on Hwy 27. Register and pay by March 24.  $20 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 5 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 5 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 5 PM to 6 PM
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Meet live reptiles as we review their basic natural history and learn to identify our local lizards, turtles and snakes. Meet at the covered picnic shelter, Nest to the Trading Post in the campground.  $3 ages 4 & up. Pay cash at the door or pre-pay at the park office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Nearly Normal String Band
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Join talented Georgia musicians, Viva and Neil Araki, for a lively performance around the campfire. Listen and sing-a-long to classic bluegrass and Appalachian, Celtic and folk music. Bench seating or bring a chair. Bring a picnic. Flashlight & marshmallow stick suggested. Meet at the Wooden Amphitheater in the campground below Lake Delanor Dam. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Volunteer To Help With The Night Eggstravaganza
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 5 PM to 9 PM
Hundreds of kids and their families join us for this annual night event. Help us guard eggs, organize prizes,mange the ribbon run,orchestrate the egg tossing, lead hunt grougs, and take photographs. Must sign up in advance and be assigned to an area. Call the park office or contact Amy at fdrpark_naturalist@yahoo.com. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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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5K CottonTrail Rabbit Run & 1 Mile Fun Run
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 8 AM to 11:30 AM
Run over the creeks and through the woods along Mountain Creek Trail. Register and pay at the park office or pay CC over the phone. Pre-registration by March 31 includes t-shirt, team ( 6 or more in a group) and individual prices. No guaranteed shirt for walk-in registration.  Before March 31,$15-$20; Day of $25. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Night Hike and a Picnic
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 6 PM to 9:30 PM
Begin before dark at the highest point along Pine Mountain Ridge and loop through mixed hardwood forests. Catch the sunset too as you ramble this 4.3 mile, moderate trail. This hike is geared towards ages 10 and up. Bring a flashlight, a picnic supper, and dress for the weather. Meet at Dowdell's Knob Trailhead. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Wildwood Bluegrass Band
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Well known for their talent and dedication to keeping alive the sounds of Appalachian-style mountain music, Wildwood Bluegrass Band will perform in the wooden amphitheater below Lake Delanor in the campground. Bring marshmallows, a roasting stick and folding chair if you do not like bench seating.  Donations accepted for the band. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
Saturday, Apr 29, 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.
Dutch Oven Cooking Class
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join instructor Lesley Reisinger and discover the simple, tasty basics of Dutch oven cooking over charcoal. Cookware, utensils, food selections and fire building will be covered. Sample tasting. Pre-register and pay at park office. Limited space. Bring your own bowl. Meet at the covered Picnic Shelter #1 at the end of the Pool Parking Lot.  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Decorated Egg Contest
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 11 AM
Enter your decorated, hard boiled, blown or plastic egg in a contest. Judging begins at 11:30. Special decorating guidelines. Youth and adult categories. Prizes. Must pre-register & pre-pay at the park office. Bring your decorated egg to the Park Office.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Earth Day Paddle
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join staff guides to Celebrate Earth Day on beautiful Lake Delanor and help us net some the small trash washed in from recent rains. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Price includes lifejacket, paddles & boat. Must pre-register and pre-pay at the park office. Limited space. Meet at the Boat House.  $10 plus $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
Junior Ranger Explorer Camp (for ages 8-12)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
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During this 4-day camp, campers will discover the natural wonders of the park from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Camp meets in the Group Shelter below Lake Delanor in the campground. For more information go online to gastateparks.org, search F. D. Roosevelt State Park. Contact the park at (706)663-4858 or email Amy Waite at fdrpark_naturalist@yahoo.com.  $120. 706-663-4858.
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.
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.
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