Under $500: F.D. Roosevelt Condition Park

A winding two-lane highway snakes beneath a cover of longleaf pines and old-growth hardwoods. Underneath the towering evergreens, smaller sized sourwood, sumac, and rare Georgia oak trees dazzle using their wealthy red and orange foliage. The leaves along this Meriwether County road are the last in the united states to achieve their peak color.

Ask any Atlantan, “How will i arrive at the mountain tops?” and many will be sending you north via I-575, 400, or I-985 to familiar towns for example Blue Ridge, Ellijay, and Clayton. However, a less-crowded stretch of Appalachian foothills lies south from the metro area in the southern fringe of the Piedmont plateau-only a couple of miles north from the gnat line.

Everybody and each place along Georgia Highway 190 between Warm Springs and Pine Mountain includes a story to inform concerning the man whose legacy created a lasting impression about this area: President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt. The neighborhood structures and structures, which now constitute F.D. Roosevelt Condition Park and also the Little White-colored House Historic Site, stand as narrative and proof of the leadership and difficult work that delivered the country in the burden from the Great Depression.

Roosevelt first visited Warm Springs in 1924, and that he came back many occasions before dying within 1945. Seeking respite from polio within the naturally warm mineral springs, he built his home abroad, which eventually grew to become referred to as Little White-colored House.

Within his New Deal, Roosevelt founded the Civilian Conservation Corps and dispatched workers towards the area in 1935. The CCC established Camp Kimbrough in Chipley, known today as Pine Mountain. With simply shovels, pickaxes, and brute strength, CCC workers built what’s now Georgia’s largest condition park. By hands, they dug two ponds along with a pool formed such as the Liberty Bell. Additionally they built a fish hatchery, an inn, along with a boathouse.

The log or stone cabins where they resided remain and supply today’s visitors by having an intimate link with the location and also the Yankee president who loved it. We lately spent a weekend within the original Depression-era CCC cabins. The cabins have fireplaces, kitchens, bathrooms, and air-conditioning. The ranger working couldn’t recall once the modern conveniences were added, but knowing in the furnishings and also the explosion of names and dates created in to the walls, the enhancements go as far back to a minimum of the sixties.

The park’s primary attraction may be the challenging twenty-three-mile Pine Mountain Trail. It extends from property in Warm Springs once of Roosevelt towards the intersection of Georgia Highway 190 and U.S. Highway 27 in Pine Mountain, with short loops through every section. The Roosevelt Stables offer led tours on twenty-eight miles of horse trails.

We made the decision to hike a 2-mile trail in the cabin towards the Liberty Bell pool. The 572,000-gallon, spring-given pool is closed after Labor Day, but it’s well worth the hike to determine the hand crafted flagstone pool.

Each morning, we visited Roosevelt’s Little White-colored House and also the Historic Pools Museum in Warm Springs. The Small White-colored House Museum displays artifacts from through the president’s existence, including his 1938 Ford. During stops in the region, he’d take away the car’s backseat and take a seat on it while communicating with neighbors. The blinding-white-colored therapy pools are for sale to tours, but they’re filled and opened up towards the public only two times every year.

After touring the small White-colored House, we stopped by local roadside favorite Mac’s Bbq-noted for scrumptious standards for example pulled pork, Brunswick stew, and coleslaw-for supper, then perused the skill moving Museum, a cool but intriguing assortment of vintage motorcycles (the region is well-liked by bikers), Tiffany lamps, jukeboxes, along with other ephemera that seems like a circus sideshow. (One other popular Warm Springs restaurant, the Bulloch House, is known for fried chicken and fried eco-friendly tomato plants.)

The very next day, we explored Pine Mountain, using its quaint antique stores and restaurants. We visited Rose Cottage (rosecottagega.com), in which the line between teahouse and antique store is indistinguishable. Nearby Sages Soda Fountain is really a throwback to the past using its menu of deli sandwiches and frozen desserts.

To actually know very well what Roosevelt loved about Georgia’s southern mountain tops, we drove out Highway 190 and switched in the Dowdell’s Knob sign to go to the president’s favorite picnic area. Once we arrived at the park’s greatest peak, a bronze figure arrived to view underneath the fall leaves. It’s obama, searching south toward the seaside plain within the Pine Mountain Valley. He’s there, near his grill, located on the removed backseat from his ’38 Ford after some room to spare.

Travelers Notebook


F.D. Roosevelt Condition Park


(CCC cottages from $110 nightly in October)


Mac’s Bbq

1 Primary Street

Warm Springs


Bulloch House Restaurant

47 Bulloch Street

Warm Springs


Sages Soda Fountain

153 North Primary Avenue

Pine Mountain



Roosevelt Stables



Little White-colored House Historic Site



Photo thanks to Georgia Department of Natural Sources