F.D. Roosevelt State Park
The largest of Georgia's state parks is crisscrossed by an extensive trail network offering plenty of options for day hikes or overnight backpacking trips, including the 23-mile long Pine Mountain Trail, which can be accessed at many different points as it traverses the park. Dowdell's Knob on Pine Mountain offers a nice view of the valley below and was FDR's favorite picnic spot. It is said he ruminated over the founding of the United Nations and other issues of the day here. Today there is a life-sized statue at Dowdell's Knob depicting the President on his removable car seat enjoying the view, a subtle reference to his handicap. There is enough space on the car seat next to the President so you can have a seat yourself and put your arm around him for a photo op.
The guides at Roosevelt Stables, a private company operating inside the park, take visitors on a horseback tour along 28 miles of riding trails. Many of the structures in the park, including the stone cottages, were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program started by Roosevelt to provide jobs during the Great Depression. The Liberty Bell Pool, also built by the CCC, is a popular swimming spot fed by a natural spring that spews cool rather than warm water. F.D. Roosevelt State Park. 2970 Ga. 190, Pine Mountain. 706-663-4858, gastateparks.org/FDRoosevelt. Roosevelt Stables. 1063 Group Camp Road, Pine Mountain. 706-628-7463, www.rooseveltstables.com.
If you go
Warm Springs is a 90 minute drive south of Atlanta via I-85, Ga. 100 and U.S. 27.
Stay: Hotel Warm Springs B&B Inn. A historic step-back-in-time building with modern conveniences and a variety of room sizes and styles. 47 Broad St., Warm Springs. 800-366-7616, www.hotelwarmspringsbb.org.
Mountain Top Inn & Resort. Cabins and guest rooms on top of nearby Pine Mountain inside F. D. Roosevelt State Park. 177 Royal Lodge Drive, Warm Springs. 706-663-4719, www.mountaintopinnga.com.
Eat: The Bulloch House. A Warm Springs destination unto itself serving Southern specialties buffet-style in a large Victorian house. Buffet served daily. 70 Broad St., Warm Springs. 706-655-9068, www.bullochhouse.com.
Oscar's Steaks & Seafood. A steakhouse located in the middle of a pasture a few miles south of town. 4776 Nebula Road, Warm Springs. 706-655-2563.
The Bakery and Cafe at Rose Cottage. A visit here will keep the old times vibe going. 111 East Broad Street, Pine Mountain, 706-663-7877, www.facebook.com/RoseCottageCafe.
Tourist info: Meriwether County Chamber of Commerce. 706-655-2558, meriwethertourism.com.
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