F.D.Roosevelt State Park, Georgia

Georgia's largest state park, F.D. Roosevelt State Park is about 10,000 acres in size. The park is named for four-time President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who came to nearby Warm Springs for polio treatment and built his Little White House there. It is open year-round, and horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, camping, and picnicking are just some of the available activities. During your visit, make sure you experience some of the area's rich local history.

Story originally posted by: Kym Rouse Campbell

There are about 28 miles of wonderful horse trails currently available in F.D. Roosevelt State Park. The trails pass through valleys, around a lake, and offer spectacular mountain views and overlooks. Because all the trails traverse hilly or mountainous terrain, they are considered moderate, so make sure you and your horse are in adequate physical condition before you ride here. There is a daily fee per horse to ride the trails, as well as a fee to enter the park; annual passes are also available. Day-use parking is available at a large parking lot located at Roosevelt Stables. The parking fee is included in the fee you pay to ride the trails. A current negative Coggins must be presented before you unload your horse.

Before you start out on the trail, pick up a trail map from Roosevelt Stables. Each trail is well marked with colored horseshoes. The trails are single track and well constructed, and the footing is hard-packed dirt with buried rocks. You will be able to water your horse about once every hour when out on the trail. The one-hour Creek Trail follows a creek along the base of a mountain through old growth pines. The Overlook Trail, which takes about two hours, takes you to the top of Pine Mountain where an outstanding view of the lake and valley below can be seen at the overlook. The Lake Trail is about a two-hour, scenic ride that takes you around Lake Franklin and provides the best opportunity to see the park’s wildlife. The Coyote Trail is the newest trail in the park and takes you up and down mountains and through valleys. The Cowboy Trail takes about 4 hours and is the longest trail in the park; it passes through everything from creek bottoms to mountain overlooks.

The campground at F.D. Roosevelt State Park has 140 tent/trailer/RV/camper sites with water and electrical hookups. It has a trading post, as well as bath houses with hot-water showers. Two group camps (capacities of 75 and 120 people, respectively) are available from April 15 through October 15; they are located approximately 1 mile from the stables. A primitive group tent camping area is also available. The park has twenty-two rental cottages. Ten cottages are one bedroom, eleven have two bedrooms, and one three-bedroom cottage is available.

Roosevelt Stables, which is a privately-run stables located inside the park boundaries, has been open since October 1998. The stables are located about 1.5 miles from the campground and cottages. There are 30 10×12 rental stalls. Bring your own feed and water buckets, feed, and hay. Water and wash racks are available. Please keep your horse at a walk in the stable area. In addition, dogs are not allowed in the stable area. There are farm animals around the stable area, which may make things interesting if your horse is unfamiliar with them. Roosevelt Stables also offers wagon rides and rental horses for one- to four-hour guided rides, cookout rides, moonlight rides, and overnight rides. You are welcome to join any of the planned event rides with your own horse for the cost of food and the trail use fee.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park is located just off I-85 near Callaway Gardens, west of Warm Springs on Georgia Highway 190 or southeast of Pine Mountain off U.S. Highway 27. Roosevelt Stables is located on Group Camp Road, which can be accessed just east of the rock bridge intersection of Georgia Highway 354 and Georgia Highway 190. There are plenty of signs, so you should not have any trouble finding the way to the stables. For more information about the park or to make reservations, go to http://gastateparks.org/info/fdr/. Go to www.rooseveltstables.com for more information (including reservation information) about Roosevelt Stables.