Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
Georgia's largest state park at 9,049 acres is a real gem. There are over 40 miles of trails to include the popular 23 mile Pine Mountain Trail. The trail winds 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. The Pine Mountain Trail Association does an amazing job keeping the trails safe for visitors.
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.
Accommodations & Facilities include:
- Two lakes
- Cottages (22)
- Tent, trailer, and RV campsites (105)
- Backcountry campsites (16)
- Picnic shelters (2)
- One group shelter (seats 85)
- Group camp (capacity 75)
- Pioneer Campground (1)
- Liberty Bell swimming pool (seasonal)
- Gift shop
- Outdoor fitness equipment
- Wi-Fi is available at park office
Things To Do & See
- Educational programs
- Horseback riding
- Interpretive programs
- Jon boat, Kayak, Canoe rentals
Check out their events on their website. They have an amazing staff that is always willing to help and constantly striving to make your visit special.
There is a fee to park in Georgia State Parks. The cost for a day pass is $5.00 or you can choose to buy an annual pass for $50.00. This helps fund renovations, trail work, dock replacements and more. Annual ParkPasses are good for 12 months from the date of purchase. The daily ParkPass is valid at all state parks visited the same day. It is not valid at state historic sites.
To buy an Annual ParkPass, visit any Georgia State Park office or you can buy it online. Annual ParkPass discounts of 50% are available for seniors 62 and older, and 25% for active military and veterans. Discounted passes must be purchased in person.