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Old 01-13-2019, 08:20 AM   #1
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Georgia's FDR State Park

We will head up to Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park later this year, which is near Callaway Gardens in Georgia (southwest of Atlanta, northeast of Columbus).

Anyone else been to this park?

I want to do some footwork on the Pine Mountain Trail. I've heard there is a waterfall somewhere, but I can't figure out where it is, trail wise.

I've been to FDR's Little White House, where the president died. Anything else recommended nearby?
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:41 PM   #2
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I can’t think of any falls close to Roosevelt. Could you be thinking of High falls park?

They have a pool close to the little White House that they used to fill up a couple times a year that Rosevelt used. I’m not sure if they still do that.

After seeing the park I think Roosevelt liked it because he could stay with his girlfriend.
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:54 PM   #3
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We stayed in FDR park last year, had a great time. If you go in the summer time the pool in open. It was closed when we were there. We also toured the Little White House and the hot springs therapy place in the nearby town. That pool is no longer filled with water, but it's an interesting place to tour.

When we stayed at FDR reservations were not site specific. That may or may not have changed. It worked out for us though, as there were two sites left - one in the loop with all the kids running amuck in it and one in the quiet loop. We picked the pull through in the quiet loop.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:23 PM   #4
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We stayed at FDR last Christmas. It is a lovely park. We went to the top of the mountain where FDR used to picnic. The BBQ grill is still there. We also toured the house and the springs. Callaway Gardens is nearby in Pine Mountain, and especially pretty at Christmas with their light display. The little town of Warm Springs is quaint...antique and gifts shops. Pine Mountain a sweet little place as well, also lined with antique shops. We drove around and chose our site...we too selected the "quieter" upper loop. There is a pool located outside the camping area and there is horseback riding tours available. There is also an animal safari in Pine Mountain. We didn't have time to go , but a fellow teacher has gone twice and says it's a hoot. I think it's kind of like Lion Country Safari, where you drive through and the animals stick their heads in your car.....you can rent a van if you don't want animal slobber in your car. We met another couple who told us about a "Grand Canyon" like park within a couple of hours south west of FDR. I don't recall the name, but it's in Georgia, and on our bucket list. We loved FDR and we are anxious to go back! Only 5 more years until we retire!
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I canít think of any falls close to Roosevelt. Could you be thinking of High falls park?
"Falls" may be an exaggeration.

I thought there was some sort of falling water you can reach via the Pine Mountain Trail. Nothing to drive out of the way to see, I don't imagine.
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When we stayed at FDR reservations were not site specific. That may or may not have changed.
Must be something new. The park now offers site reservations online.

We've reserved one down by the lake. Probably not the "quiet" loop!

I don't mind kids running around, as long as things settle down by nightfall. It's Bubba with his boombox who is the most likely suspect for evening racket.

Interesting that there is no senior discount. I thought Georgia used to offer that.

Don't most state parks?
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Georgia's FDR State Park

Back when we had a Pop Up we took our 3 girls and spent 2 nights on one of the higher sites.(lots of memories) we had some high winds the first night, but rode it out, the second night the high winds turned into a light Tornado . I got up and hooked the 9 Passenger Pontiac to the trailer. Still didnít feel comfortable, woke Kids up and got them into the Blue goose.... I got in and felt safe.... Wife kept screaming about the Sky is Falling.... after 10 minutes the Kidís told me that they couldnít cook..... soooo I finally let her in the Car.
That lead me to come up with some tie downs for the trailer.
There is a Naval museum in Columbus, Ga that I found very interesting as they had. The a complete Confederate gun boat.
The Canyon you spoke of is the Little Grand Canyon.
It is very interesting and was formed less then 130 years ago.
The cause was formed from poor farming techniques and water run off.
There is a Army museum at the Army base just south of Columbus and a tour of Calloway Gardens is nice outing.
If you play Golf there is a beautiful course. Great area for bike riding with paved trails.Click image for larger version

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We love FDR. It was the first place we camped with our Airstream.

We were just there for the weekend in January (right about this time six years ago). It was cool, but not cold. We were inside about dinner time and had a knock on the door from the ranger. She said we must get to the bath house immediately as a tornado was heading to the campground. We decided that we should put the awning up, and while were messing with it (this being the first time we had ever put it up), the ranger came back. We thought she was going to yell at us for not getting to the bath house. Fortunately she was there to tell us the tornado went another way and we were no longer in danger.

As to what to do at the park, be sure to go to FDR's statue where he liked to barbecue. Great views, and beautiful even when foggy.
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There are a series of falls on the trail; Csonka Falls, Big Rock Falls, Slippery Rock Falls, and Cascade Falls. They are near the Bumblebee Ridge (tent) Campsite.

Here is a link to a pic:https://www.atlantatrails.com/fd-roo...ountain-trail/
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There are a series of falls on the trail; Csonka Falls, Big Rock Falls, Slippery Rock Falls, and Cascade Falls. They are near the Bumblebee Ridge (tent) Campsite.

Here is a link to a pic:https://www.atlantatrails.com/fd-roo...ountain-trail/
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the army museum mentioned is the National Infantry Museum. Visit if you have the opportunity. Tuskegee, Alabama is about 90 minutes away, home of the Tuskegee Airman of WWII fame.
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Iíll third the recommendation to visit the National Infantry Museum at Ft Benning. It is an awesome museum and free. Iíve also done the animal safari park and it was fun. The animals will mob your car trying to get food.
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Wander down to Columbus GA and go whitewater rafting at the whitewater park.

http://www.whitewaterexpress.com/chattahoochee/

While there visit the infantry museum .

https://nationalinfantrymuseum.org/

For a change from the "mountains" stay at R. Shaefer Heard, COE RV park. on West Point lake.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232683
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Wander down to Columbus GA and go whitewater rafting at the whitewater park.
Whitewater in Columbus, Georgia ... go figure!

Thanks for the links.
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