Explore the most popular wildlife trails in F.D. Roosevelt State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We thru hiked the trail over the weekend. The trail is beautiful! We saw tons of wildlife and flowers.
If you are not able to climb up and over rocks then I do not suggest thru hiking this trail but if you can it is worth it!

***If thru hiking bring water filter and water purification drops, some of the water sources looked disgusting and smelled like rotten eggs but others were perfect. Just be prepared!

Great hike! Easy to find and follow, every other tree has red blaze. on May 22, it was very humid. bring water. saw giant turtle near the creek. several shutouts to CCC along the trail.

Great Backcountry camping site. We did 5 the first day, 15 the second, and 3 the third. It would be a great overnight hike for advance trekkers and training for the an AT thru. Okay for first timers if broken up different then what we did. It does have some challenging ascends for first timers.

Fun easy hike for the family! Took us about 2 hours walking at a nice slow pace.

2 months ago

great trail for beginners.

great trail saw a number of birds including yellow trumped warbler and a golden crowned kinglet

trail running
3 months ago

Great Trail! Parked in the lot across from the country store and walked to the trail head which was about 200 yards up on the right. The trail starts off a bit rocky but not bad at all. I wore Altra Superior 3.0 without rock plates and I was ok. It may have been a little better with them. The trail is very well marked in my opinion. There are mile markers every mile. They were a little short according to my Garmin but not enough to matter. However, my Garmin may have been lagging. By the markers I ran 10 miles, by Gamin it was 9.8. There are blue markings on the trees to guide you between markers. Elevation gain was around 1200 feet over the 10 miles. I did a 5 mile out and back beginning at the 0 mile marker. The veiws are pretty good. There are trails that break off the main trail that are also marked. Around mile 3 there is a Ranger Station and a map. It explains that you need to pay to park and uses the good ol' honor system box. However, there were no forms. I guess that's for parking in the park. Expect leaf coverage and roots. There is a very small stream crossing in the first few miles. It may have been 4 feet across. I ran the trail on Monday morning and I had the place to myself. Be careful because you will cross the road a few times. The trail is very easy to find again. I will be going back to this jewel again for sure.

4 months ago

One of my favorite backcountry trails to take my scout troop. We backpacked from the Ranger Station (mile 4ish) to the TV tower (mile 23) with a couple of small side hikes (Dowdell Knob overlook). Lots of options and different mileages for backcountry camping and also lots of water for filtering/treating. Some great views (Dowdell Knob), rolling elevation (see cross section map) and rocks (wear appropriate footwear) that can be challenging. The last three miles of the Wolfden section has some very pretty waterfalls and water crossings.

4 months ago

Pine Mountain is beautiful, especially in the late autumn as the trees change color and the campsite crowds diminish. I love the many loops and sub-trails on the mountain that allow me to pick from among different types of views, lengths, and levels of difficulty (though none of the paths rate as difficult) depending on my mood, time of day/year, weather conditions, and whether I want to camp overnight along the hike. Mountain trail runners also love the main spine trail, but I prefer the quieter walks past waterfalls, through the woods, and among the rocky outcrops.

Lovely area. Nice rocks to climb too!

Great trail! Wonderfully marked and pretty easy

This was a light trail and well marked. We added the Delano trail to make it an even 4 miles.

A nice Trail that doesn't have a ton of elevation. Just did it in July, and we loved it.

Did the whole thing, 11.5 hours plenty of watering streams today:)

10 months ago

I've almost sectioned hike the whole thing, all but 3 miles and I love every mile, it's a moderate to slow in some areas hike through out the the whole trail. Really love the over looks provided but the trail and Ferney the big loblolly pine!

Good nature trail

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Not really at all what I was expecting. Very nice paved golf cart trail around the lake. Not clearly marked so making a wrong turn could add several miles but other than that a nice hike.

Great hike! We went 17 miles in an overnight adventure. Camped at Bethel Campsite. The trail was nicely maintained, beautiful views, some small falls along the way and a host of wildlife.

Monday, September 26, 2016

One of my favorite places to be. I can't wait to go back down and hike another portion of the trails in the state park! This turned out to be a long and arduous hike, we wound up doing right at 12 miles that day. Sans map!!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Went with the the family to hike this trail and found out the trail is less than a mile long. The trail just leads to an outcropping on the hillside for a decent view, but this is not a loop trail.

Great trail, truly a moderate trail. East end is the most popular. Wolf's den loop is really busy with a couple decent camp sites. The rest of the trail is usually quiet and not as busy. Good for families and very dog friendly. If you want a good 3-4 day trek you can do the entire 23 miles of the trail.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


In my opinion this is NOT an "easy" walking trail. Lots of up and down with 8 creek crossings over rocks where you WILL slip and get your feet wet, many large tree roots and rocks to trip over especially when you get tired. Unless you are in good shape you are going to be exhausted when you finish. The waterfall at the end is pretty but nothing really special. We were treated by a group of Millenials who decided to camp right on the waterfall so we couldn't take pictures or get a good look at the waterfall we had hiked all the way to see. Go figure the self-centeredness of some folks?

Finding the trail or section of trail you want to walk is darn near impossible as the $4.50 map is worthless and the park ranger I spoke to must have started that day as all of their directions just did not match with what we saw. So we did not get to walk the trail we came to walk.

After all that we will be back. Being in better shape will help as will knowing what we're going to face. There is shopping at nearby Pine Mountain and Calloway Gardens has recreation too. I enjoyed the hike though it was not what it says it is. Being in the woods along small streams is always nice and the Medium difficulty made sure I slept like a baby that night.


Great trail for testing your hiking skills. Nice back country camping sites. The trail offers beautiful views and water falls along the way.

Anyone hike this trail? Let me know what you think.

trail running
Sunday, December 08, 2013

Great little waterfalls would be great in summertime. Some good climbs total dist is 23+ on pine mtn trail. Some technical rock sections. Did the pine mtn 40 race put on by GUTS, highly recommend this race for stepping up to 50k plus races. Great downhill sections climbs are there but not too bad. GUTS puts on great race plus FDR park is only couple miles from Calloway were we stayed the night.

Hiked here last summer with my venturing crew and troop. Our youngest were 11 and our oldest was 50 and everyone made it through great. Nice scenery as well. There's a waterfall that's refreshing to swim in after a long day. It's near a Boy Scout camp, which makes it a great pre/post hike for a summer camp trip.

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