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:

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
• 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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Events
Target Archery Candy Shoot
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
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Win candy prizes as beginning archers 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.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, May 13, 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.
Bird Walk with Dr. Birkhead
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9 AM to 10 AM
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.
Remarkable Reptiles
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 5 PM to 6 PM
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.
Pine Mountain Trail Flower Hike
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Bring your camera and wildflower guide for a walk through diverse habitats ending at the WJSP tower. There will be transportation to get hikers back to their cars. Bring lunch and water. Geared towards ages 10 and older; 5 moderate miles. Meet at Rocky Point Parking Lot on Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Bluebirds and Butterflies
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
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Help us monitor our bluebird nest boxes and check on our butterfly garden. There is a short walk to five bluebird boxes and our demonstration pollinator garden. We will talk briefly on what it takes to attract both bluebirds and butterflies to your yard. Handouts provided. Meet at the Park Office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Stick Horse Derby
Saturday, May 6, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
“Race” 40 yards on your stick horse. Make one or rent one of ours ahead of time. Geared towards adult and youth jockeys of all abilities. Speed, nor skill matters, it is the luck of the draw that lets you move forward on the racetrack. One rider per horse. Pre-registration encouraged. Meet at the baseball field on Hwy 354.  $4 per rider; additional $4 per rental horse $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Homeschool In The Park Day: Fishing
Friday, May 12, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Geared towards families who homeschool, this adventure includes a basic fish lab, fishing 101 on Lake Delanor, and a take-home craft. Bring your own pole and worms or reserve a pole ahead of time. We have some worms and limited loaner poles. Program will be cancelled if there is a threat of rain. Extra adults $5. Must pre-register and pre-pay.  $5 student age 4 and up. Extra adults $5. Parents Free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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Bamboo Walking Stick Workshop
Sunday, May 14, 2017 1:30 PM to 2:30 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. This makes a great Mother's Day gift. Pre-register and pay at the Park Office. Meet at the Park Office front porch.  $12 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Great Bug Challenge
Saturday, May 20, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Enter your fastest, carefully collected live bug (worm, small spider, caterpillar, ok) in our race. No amphibians or reptiles. Bring race animals in safe, small jar with a lid. Spit a cricket in our second contest. We provide real crickets. Prizes for winners. Meet at the shelter next to the Trading Post in the campground.  $1 entry fee per event, correct change or pre-pay at office. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Winged Wonders: Birds of Prey
Saturday, May 20, 2017 2 PM to 2:45 PM
Celebrate National Kids to Park Day with naturalist, Dale Arrowood, and his flighted birds from Winged Ambassadors. Watch and learn about these fascinating raptors as they take to the air. Meet at the baseball field across from the pool, Hwy 354. Free. Bring a chair or blanket, grass seating. $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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Burger and Dog Grilldown
Saturday, May 27, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Amateur cooks, bring on your best hamburger or hotdog. Plate two identical entries on separate paper plates in two zip bags. Judged on presentation, taste and originality. Rules available at the park office. Ribbons awarded. Pre-register and pre-pay at the park office. Bring plated items to the shelter next to the Trading Post. Judging at 7:30 PM.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Campers To Campers Game Challenge
Sunday, May 28, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Join us for a team trivia challenge about camping. Play our original park game, a fun, hybrid of Family Feud and Apples to Apples. All ages welcome to try for prizes. Meet at shelter next to the campground Trading Post. Bring a marshmallow stick. We provide marshmallows and a fire.  $2 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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.
Campground Jeopardy
Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Thursday, Jun 15, 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.
Friday Night Frog Walk
Friday, Jun 2, 2017 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Jun 16, 2017 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
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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 ages 4 and up $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Butterflies and Bluebirds
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Saturday, Jun 10, 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.
Mountain Creek Trail Loop - National trails Day Hike
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Celebrate among friends as you walk one of our most popular trails with guides from the Pine Mountain Trail Association. This 3.2 easy to moderate hike loops the campground area and offers you streamside views of a rich deciduous forest. Bring water and a snack. Geared towards ages 8 and up. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Water Wonders
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 4 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 4 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Jun 17, 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 at 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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Stream Walk
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 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
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 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.
Remarkable Reptiles
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Jun 23, 2017 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Jun 30, 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, Jun 9, 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.
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.
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


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F.D. Roosevelt State Park