Day hikers and backpackers can explore 23 miles of trails and loops, offering spectacular views of hardwoods, rock outcrops and small mountain streams.
One of Georgia’s longest and most scenic hiking trails can be found at F.D.R. State Park. Here you can experience the beauty of Pine Mountain firsthand, including unusual rock outcroppings and stands of hardwoods and longleaf pine. To help guide the way, the 23 miles of trails are well marked, but be sure to pick up a map from the park office before setting off on your journey.
Shorter Loop Options
Hikers don’t have to travel the entire length of the trail because numerous shorter loops are available. One of the most popular is the 6.7-mile Wolf Den Loop, traveling past beaver dams, Hogback Mountain and small waterfalls. Another popular choice is the 4.3-mile Dowdell’s Knob Loop with sweeping views of the valley below. Here, President Roosevelt found solace from the pressures of the Great Depression and World War II. A life-size bronze sculpture of the beloved president can be found at Dowdell’s Knob picnic area.
Fourteen backcountry campsites, open to individuals as well as groups, are available with advanced reservations. Hikers should always tell someone of their plans, carry plenty of water and food, dress in layers, be prepared for severe weather and carry a flashlight.
Volunteers with the Pine Mountain Trail Association help maintain this beautiful path, and their efforts are appreciated by thousands of visitors.