Callaway Gardens, located in Pine Mountain, GA, is one
of the most respected upscale resorts in the Southeast. Lakes for
fishing and skiing, golf, an enormous fresh-water beach that's
spotless, miniature golf, special programs, and much much more.
There are enough things to do here and in the immediate area to make
for a very long vacation.
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for a weekend of bike riding and nature brought us to Callaway Gardens
on this trip. We love the park for many reasons, but cycling here brings
back many memories of past visits.
On this trip, we stayed at
Pine Mountain RV just minutes from the main Callaway entrance. It's
very convenient and the staff there is great. We left "Willie B" Jeep at
home because we planned to use the motorhome (Homer II) for our
transportation to the park. When we arrived at Callaway Gardens the gate
attendant made a recommendation on a good spot to park the camper and we
headed that way. We parked in the shade, unloaded the bikes, applied
sunscreen, and headed out for an easy ride to the Cecil B Day Butterfly
The butterflies are always our first stop, and this time they did not
disappoint. The flowers and tropical plants are also a joy. From there
we headed Mr. Carson's vegetable garden on the hill behind Robin lake.
Years ago the garden was sometimes used to make a show called The
Victory Garden, and it's quite an interesting place (see pictures). We
wandered around the garden until we started hearing some grumblings of
On this particular weekend, there was a water skiing competition at
Callaway, and we watched some of the trick skiers do their thing. There
were also many exhibits like boats, cars, and ski gear. Callaway gardens
is known for its massive fresh water beach, the largest man made beach
in the world. After grabbing a bite back at the camper, we headed
for the beach straight away for some fun and relaxation. While there,
the kids did some fun things like the bungee hop thingie, volleyball,
on-water obstacle course, and big boy chess. In the circus tent,
performers were practicing their routines, so we got a free show.
stayed at Callaway until after sunset playing on the beach milking the
day for every ounce of fun and fresh air we could before heading back to
our campsite and crackling fire. Sitting there by the camper watching
the dancing flames, I thought back to similar days spent with the family
enjoying life and realized... today is just one more amazing installment
in our bank of memories.
This trip was based on Labor Day
weekend and a Balloon Festival scheduled at Callaway Gardens. We camped
Pine Mountain RV Park just about 3 miles from Callaway. The plan was
to ride bikes, play at the beach, visit the vegetable garden, and
participate in the hot-air balloon festivities. We actually did quite a
First stop on the bike trail was the
Cecil Day Butterfly Center. You can see by the pictures that it's very
entertaining and educational for the kids. You can actually see
butterflies emerging from their cocoons. From there, the plan was to
ride down to the lake and take a ferry across to the bike path on the
other side. Unfortunately, we learned the ferry was closed and had to
ride along the road for a little while. With all the kids we had riding
with us, it was a little scary. Given the choice again, I would have
probably gone back up to the butterfly center and taken the much shorter
and safer route to the vegetable garden and Robin lake.
We pushed on until we reached the
vegetable garden. There were lots of ornamentals, some muskadine (wild
grape) vines bearing fruit, and some okra blooming. The garden is a
peaceful place, but not with hungry kids. We decided it was time for
Just down the hill from the garden is
Robin lake and one of the cleanest fresh-water beaches you will ever
find. We ate our snacks and the kids hit the water. There was a "knee
boarding" show happening, so we got to see some impressive tricks.
Callaway gardens is known for waterskiing.
After a while, we made our way around to
the opposite side of the lake where the festivities were happening. We
played miniature golf, did the bungee swing ride, then went to watch the
finale of the balloon festival, the launching. Turns out, the balloons
were tethered, so they would only let them rise a hundred or so feet in
the air, then pull them back down, giving rides to the patrons. We
eventually went back to the campground. From our vantage point there, it
looked like they did eventually release some balloons, although we only
In summary, it was a very good day. There
are many things to do at Callaway, but I should point out that it can be
a bit pricey, especially for a family of six. Our cost to enter the park
was around $100, a bit more expensive than usual because of the balloon
festival. If you are looking for a day of bike riding, fishing, and
swimming, a state park can provide those features for a $5 parking fee.
On this trip to West Georgia, we rode (and rode and
rode) bikes around
Callaway Gardens where the Azaleas and Dogwoods were
in full bloom. We camped at
FD Roosevelt State Park where we fished, rode bikes
(and rode and rode and rode), and watched movies at our
private outdoor theater (a sheet and projector. We
Wild Animal Safari, The park's walk through zoo has
expanded and it's great! You can see animals there
that you will not see elsewhere.
One day of
this adventure was spent at
Callaway Gardens. This is a great place to visit
when camping at FDR State Park. There is a lot for the
entire family to do there. There is
golf, miles of paved
bike/hike trails, a
butterfly house, gardens, and a
huge beach with lots of activities (and more!).
We visited the butterfly center, the vegetable garden,
and finally the beach (the kid's favorite). It was
a fun filled day, and once again, we plan to come back
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Callaway Gardens has a very nice website.
FDR State Park is near here and is very nice. No full
Pine Mountain RV
is also located near there,and they do have full hookups.
Cottages, Inn, Lodge
Call for rates.
We have not stayed at Callaway Gardens before.
I give this beach a 10 because it is the
largest man-made beach in the world and it is truly an
awesome beach. The sand is fine and snow white like the gulf
The park is made for bike
riding. Lots of paved paths. Kind of hilly in some spots.
17 miles of trails.
A living ecosystem inside an
atrium. A neat experience.
Callaway Gardens hosts many events. Just
Website to see what's happening this week!
Geocaching is available, but we didn't have a chance.
FDR State Park,
Wild Animal Safari,
FDR Little White House,
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