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Big Poplar Loop via Pine Mountain and Sawtooth Trails

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F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Big Poplar Loop via Pine Mountain and Sawtooth Trails is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Warm Springs, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 1,223 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Fee
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You have to register at the office, pay $10 per adult per night to camp, and sign up for your camp site ahead of time

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Kevin MacRae
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HikingGreat!

Clean, cleared, fast moving trail. Only saw 2 other hikers while out there. Tree canopy kept most of the rain/drizzle off me. Great day.

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Brooks Bonnot
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Well maintained. Nice creek crossings

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Karin Davis
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Jon Hunt
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike!!

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Russ Wagers
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Great trail. Love the different elevation changes.

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Dena Lmt
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HikingGreat!

I went for the workout and to check out some campsites. It was very well marked with lots of little water crossings. Good day!

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Mike Courville
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Good well marked and traveled trail would recommend not doing it in August it’s just so hot right now even with an early start and you will have better views if you wait until some leaves begin to fall all in all enjoyable parked at Fox den

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Jamie Groover
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Haley Byun
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HikingGreat!

I hiked Big Poplar on 7/11/2020. We arrived at the parking lot around noon and had no issue with parking, because there were a few people finishing up their hikes. I personally would not recommend this trail if you're looking for scenery. However, it is a great option if you want a solid workout or a lightly trafficked trail to get away from people during COVID times. There's not much to see other than trees the majority of the time. We saw maybe 1 other group throughout our entire hike (likely because no one else wants to hike in the middle of a summer afternoon), so it was very peaceful. I saw a few campgrounds during our hike, and stopped at one to eat lunch. The campgrounds look well-maintained, so I might return for a weekend backpack and enjoy time in nature.

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Gweneth Fossum
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Had a lot of fun camping off this trail. It’s VERY pretty and has a diverse amount of mushroom growth. They were my favorite part of this camping trip.

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Russ Wagers
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HikingMuddyRocky

This is a great trail lots of inclines and lots of rocks.

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Layne Minor
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Just got done with this one. I started at Mollyhugger and went counter clockwise around the trail. It makes for more of an uphill climb and the trail ends with an uphill element. Just a steady hike with no stops and got done in 3 hours.

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David Thornton
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The Big Poplar Loop is one of my favorite loops in FDR park. It’s comprised of Sawtooth Trail and (approximately) miles 6 through 11 of the Pine Mountain Trail. Sawtooth is a pretty easy trail but is rocky with a couple of hills. There are a couple of small waterfalls. This morning spiders were out. There were quite a few webs to the side of the trail that resembled Chinese lanterns. There were a few smaller one across the trail as well, which was annoying but not unexpected. The PMT segment of the trail is the longer segment. It includes two pretty steep sections with switchbacks. There is also a nice section that follows a creek with more small waterfalls. On both sections, some parts of the trail near the creeks are perpetually muddy, even when the weather is dry. The big attraction on the PMT section is the Big Poplar, a large hollow tree that looks as though it could be a hobbit house. The walk is easier if you start at Fox Den Cove trailhead and go to Mollyhugger. That direction has you going downhill on the switchbacks as well as the hill that is next to Fox Den. Going the other direction gives you an uphill climb at the end of the hike. Total elevation gain is about the same either direction.

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Steve Brown
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This trail is a nice day hike. We were camping off the Pine Mountain Trail and made a day hike out of Big Poplar Trail. There is not much in the way of views during Spring and Summer. It is reasonably moderate in difficulty. There are plenty of water sources along the way. Excellent signage provided and well blazed.

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Melanie Flege
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Great trail, but pay attention to where you’re walking. I stumbled upon a 4-5ft snake hanging out in the trail

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Manley Thompson
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Austin Elder
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Levi Wilke
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Great trail! Did it in three days. Stayed at spark creek the first night which was 5 out of 5 nice place. Stay at site B since it’s got a nice bench. Bethel creek campsite didn’t have much flat ground 2 out of 5.

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Sarah Agnew
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Not a very scenic trail... it's supposed to cross many creeks but was bone dry almost the entire hike. Only found water at the big poplar campsite. Not a very challenging or exciting hike. Wouldn't recommend

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Stephanie Mauldin
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Stephanie Mauldin
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Dena Zinker
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HikingBridge out

Good hike. Moderate for sure. Worth noting that you do have to cross the highway around midway. I think that’s why some said not a loop. It’s a good mix of up and down. Nothing to straight up . Gravel gets loose in a lot of places. Enjoyed it.

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Kimberly Williams
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I enjoyed this trail considering this was only my 2nd ever hike. It was challenging for me and I love to push my limits. There was not alot of scenery but I did love when the foliage became thick and covered the trail. I would definitely do this again! Great trail... Great challenge.... My entire body was challenged.

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Tyler Tyler Purvis
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Well marked, good moderate difficulty Georgia trail. Only a few good views, but the loop has a nice variety of trail environments.

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Taylor McDonald
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Great hike! Very rocky and lots of inclines. For sure a trail for people in decent shape. Lots of creek views and small waterfalls. Also has some muddy spots. Well worth the 8 mile haul!

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