Located near Callaway Gardens and the quaint town of Warm Springs, this park is deeply rooted in the historical era of four-time President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Seeking a place for treatment after he was stricken with polio in 1921, Roosevelt traveled to Warm Springs and built his Little White House. Several structures within the park were built by Roosevelts Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression. Above Kings Gap is Dowdells Knob, Roosevelts favorite picnic spot overlooking a magnificent view of the valley below. A life-size sculpture of the beloved president welcomes visitors to the overlook. Hikers will enjoy the scenic trails in Georgias largest state park, especially the Pine Mountain Trail, which winds through a mix of hardwoods and pines. The trail's highest elevation is 1,395 feet. Pine Mountain is on the southern-most edge of the Appalachian Mountain range. Hikers are sometimes surprised to find this terrain in middle Georgia. One of the park's most popular amenities is the historic "Liberty Bell Pool" built by the CCC and fed by naturally cool springs.
This trail was pretty in February, you could see right through the woods and see the landscape. The trail was very easy to follow, it followed several creeks. We really enjoyed hearing the water and the birds. The toughest part of the trail for us was the climb up to the road crossing, the rest was easy with a few logs crossing the path and numerous small bridges. There was two creek crossings without foot bridges, one after the other, which my daughter loved stepping on the well placed stepping stones.
4.3 mile trail, turned to right in valley section and crossed road. After crossing creek go left up onto the small ledge area. Trail isn't marked very well after crossing creek, and there is a well used trail to the right. Maybe next time I'll go the right just to see where it goes.