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:

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:

• 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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The Big 50 Trail Run at FDR State Park
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 7:30 AM to 5 PM
Run this natural surface race along scenic Pine Mountain Ridge. Expect single track trails, lots of roots, and nothing flat. Race begins and ends at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. Details and registration online at bigdogrunning.com.  $60 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Nov 6, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
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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 Sunday. Winner announced at 4:00 PM. Prizes and ribbon awarded. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
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.
Going Batty
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 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.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sprouts In The Park: Turkeys
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Join our new nature club with hands-on discoveries for toddlers ages 2-4 and their caregivers. We will investigate t turkeys, look at feathers, and make a take- home craft. Bring a stroller and picnic for after the class. Must pre-register and pre-pay. Meet at the stone picnic shelter #1 at the end of the pool parking lot on Hwy 354.  $5 children; Adults free. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Volunteer to Help Us with Our Fall Homeschool Program
Thursday, Nov 3, 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.
Homeschool In The Park Day: Turkeys
Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 9:30 AM to 11 AM
Join us for an exciting discovery geared towards families who homeschool. Join us for a outside adventure to learn about turkeys then investigate feathers up close in a lab. Make a craft to take home. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park afterwards. Meet at the Group Shelter below Lake Delanor Dam in the campground.  $5 per child ages 4 & up. Parents free. Extra adults $5 $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Nearly Normal String Band
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 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. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Cornhusk Doll Craft
Sunday, Nov 6, 2016 12 PM to 2 PM
Join crafter, Kit McClung, and make your own original pioneer doll using local corn shucks. Small children will need adult assistance. Meet at the Park Office front porch.  $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Veterans Day Celebration
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Thanks to 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 from 12:00 PM-4 PM. Check in at the Park Office on Hwy 190. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Handicapped Accessible
Veterans Day Community 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 1 PM to 4:30 PM
Walk or run in this campground/woodland event benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. Special prizes/awards. For information or to become a sponsor call 706-653-4200 or email: jlbattle@uga.edu. T-shirts for early registrants (by Oct 21). Under 18, $20. Adult, $25. Register online at active.com.  $20-$25 plus $5 parking. 706-653-4200.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Mammal Field Study
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Get outside and in the sand with our resident vertebrate specialists to search for and record data on local park mammals. Geared towards adults and families with children ages 10 and up. Dress for outdoor work. Bring Water. Pre-pay & pre-register. Meet at Park Office and carpool to site.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Turkey Bingo
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Win prizes as you play our original FDR Park bingo game. Great fun for adults and families alike as you learn about these fabulous birds. Meet at the covered shelter next to the Trading Post in the campground. Bring a marshmallow stick. We will have a campfire and marshmallows.  $4 for each bingo card $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
American Frontier Days
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 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 1700's to the late 1800's. Held on the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354.  Donations accepted. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Dutch Oven Cooking Class
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join instructor, Lesley Risinger, and discover the simple, tasty basics of Dutch oven cooking over charcoal. Cookware, utensils, food selections and fire building will be covered. Sample tasting. Must pre-register and pay at park office. BYOB --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.
Target Archery
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Try out our new stationary target shooting adventure for ages 10 and up. We provide all equipment and basic instruction. Geared towards beginner adults or kids ages 10 & up. Groups must make special arrangements. Pay and pre-register at Park Office. Meets across the street from Park Office.  $8 plus $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.
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