President Roosevelt's grill
still stands at Dowdell's
Knob, his favorite picnic spot.
Cottage on Pine Mountain
Historic stone cottages at the
park are available for guests
(reservations are strongly
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain, Georgia
|Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
The overlook behind the visitor center provides a
beautiful view from the crest of Georgia's historic
Presidential History in Georgia
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park at Pine
Mountain, Georgia, was a favorite project of
the President for whom it was named. The
park serves today as a stunning reminder of
the man who held America's highest office
longer than any other.
When he arrived in nearby Warm Springs in
1924 seeking relief from the devastating
disability he suffered as a result of polio,
Franklin Delano Roosevelt quickly fell in love
with the gentle slopes and soaring views of
Dowdell's Knob in today's park became his
favorite picnic spot and he would often spend
hours alone there, looking off the mountain
and contemplating the course of the nation
during the trying years of World War II and the
Great Depression. The President's stone
barbecue grill can still be seen there, an
unusual monument to the time he spent on
Roosevelt often drove the rocky and rough
roads on and around Pine Mountain in his
hand-controlled Ford car (now on display at
the Little White House), stopping to talk with
his rural neighbors and admiring the views
and prospects of the area. He predicted,
correctly it has turned out, that Pine Mountain
would one day become a great resort.
One of the projects undertaken by the Works
Progresss Administration or W.P.A. during
Roosevelt's presidency was the creation of a
state park on Pine Mountain. Now named in
the President's honor, Franklin D. Roosevelt
State Park is a major Southern landmark and
one of the most beautiful locations in the
The park today features a variety of points of
interest. A statue of President Roosevelt
gazes out from his favorite spot at Dowdell's
Knob and panels and markers there detail
the importance of the historic site. Modern
visitors can still picnic and absorb the views
once enjoyed by FDR.
The Pine Mountain area's relationship with
the life and policies of the president who
guided America through World War II and
much of the Great Depression was close
and influential. It was from meetings with
farmers and other citizens in the area that he
developed the ideas for many of his New
The Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park also
features a visitor center, cottages, campsites,
picnic areas and the spectacular Pine
Mountain Trail that winds its way over the
mountain past waterfalls, rock formations
and spectacular views.
The park is just one of the attractions that
fulfill President Roosevelt's prediction that
the Pine Mountain area would emerge as a
major resort. Nearby Callaway Gardens
attract around 750,000 visitors each year.
Many of them explore the state park and also
experience FDR's Little White House and his
adopted home of Warm Springs.
To learn more and for directions, please click
here to visit the park's official website.
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park is only 30
minutes north of Columbus and about one
hour south of Atlanta.
The lake is a popular spot for
visitors to the park who come
to enjoy the outdoor setting.
View from Pine Mountain
Franklin D. Roosevelt State
Park offers beautiful views
and mountain scenery.
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