Weekend Backpacker: Atlanta

FDR State Park
By Victoria Logue
  |  Gorp.com

Sprawling over Pine Mountain in west-central Georgia, Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park is a hiker's dream come true. The 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail runs the length of the park, and there are six shorter loop hikes as well. Pine Mountain was dear to the heart of President Roosevelt, who visited nearby Warm Springs forty-one times seeking treatment for polio. His Little White House is located just twelve miles away from the park.

Recommended Hike: The Pine Mountain Trail. This trail follows the crest of the mountain from one side of Georgia's largest state park (10,000 acres) to the other. Passing among ferns and laurels by waterfalls and beaver dams, the Pine Mountain Trail has a lot to offer. Because the trail crosses GA 190 seven times, shorter hikes are easy to set up.

Getting there: From Atlanta, take Interstate 85 south to LaGrange and then Interstate 185 to US 27. The park is located on GA 190 some five miles east of Pine Mountain off US 27.

Permit information: A permit is not required to hike the Pine Mountain Trail, although a user's fee is charged to park within the state park.

Maps: A map of the Pine Mountain Trail is available at the park office.

Recommended guides: There is no guidebook, but you can obtain information on the trail from the park office.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park
2970 GA 190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
(706) 663-4858

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 18 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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