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
• 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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March Madness Bingo
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.
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.
Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 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.
Target Archery Candy Shoot
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 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.
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 groups, 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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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.
Volunteer Training to Assist with School Programs
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Train on March 12 to assist with school discovery field trips and summer camps at the park. Most students are grades pre-K-5. Program topics and locations vary throughout the park. Must register for the training which happens to be a school visitation day by calling the office or email Amy at fdrpark_natualist@yahoo.com. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Springo Bingo
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 7 PM to 8 PM
Celebrate spring as you play our original FDR State Park campground-themed game. Great for adults or families with school-age children. Win prizes. Meet at the shelter next to the Trading Post in the campground.  $3 for each bingo card. $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.
Homeschool Earth Day
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Geared towards families who homeschool, but open to other families. Celebrate earth day with a walk, nature lab and take-home craft. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park afterwards. Meet at the Stone Picnic Shelter #1 next to the Liberty Bell Pool.  $5 per child ages 4 & up. Parents free. Extra adults $5. $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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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.
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