Franklin D Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United
States. Being blessed with a major economic depression and a
World War, FDR had to make some hard decisions. One decision
went against the grain of conservatives and liberals alike, the
formation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC. It's one
of those "bite the bullet now, enjoy benefits later" kinds of
projects. Were it not for the CCC, many state and national parks
would not exist. Certainly the lakes, lodges, and various other
features that make our parks unique would not exist. Mark one up
Now, for the more
conservative side of the story. FDR State park is, in itself, is
a great destination. There are many things to do here and the
campgrounds are great!. There is a lake for fishing and a very
nice playground with a pavilion. it's just a short drive to the
Little White House, Pine Mountain,
Gardens, and Wild Animal Safari.
The Pine Mountain
area is one of our top ten favorite destinations because of the
variety of available activities and events. A family could
easily spend a week (or two) here and never get bored. If you
plan to spend much time here, consider staying at
Mountain RV. It's convenient to all the attractions, and it
has full hookups and a great facility.
Spring Break! This
one was special because we had a great PB&J Adventure planned. Some of
our very best friends were to join us, staying in the pop-up camper the
recently purchased for such things.
On this particular trip to
central/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 once again visited the
Wild Animal Safari, but our camera didn't work for that. The park's
walk through zoo has expanded and it's great! You can see animals there
that you won't see elsewhere. Rebecca's mother (Mother Goose) and Aint
'Net joined us for a couple of days too. I think they really
enjoyed the animal park, the Little White House, Callaway Gardens, the
Little White House, our outdoor movies, and NOT camping. They stayed at
Sunday morning we packed up early and headed for
Pine Mountain, Georgia, Home of
F.D. Roosevelt State Park ,
Callaway Gardens, and possibly the coolest place we've ever been,
Wild Animal Safari. We arrived at Wild Animal Safari at about 11:00
am, just as the rain was stopping. At that time, there were very few
people there. You have three choices of how to ride through the
park. You can drive your own car, ride the bus, or pay $11.00 extra, and
rent a zebra van. The vans are absolutely nasty, but I really recommend
that mode of transportation. You definitely do not want to drive your
own car. The horned animals are pretty klutzy and were banging into the
side of the van constantly. Also, there is a good chance the interior
will get slobbered!
Anyway, it takes about an
hour to ride through the park, and you could never get this close to
these animals any other way. All of us absolutely loved feeding and
petting the animals (watch your fingers with the zebras and
ostriches). We almost didn't do the walking part of the park. That would
have been a big mistake. It's as cool as the ride-through part.
Amicalola Falls State Park
Beaches of South Walton.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Cedar Creek Park
Charlestown State Park
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Cherry Hill Park
Chester Frost Park
Choccolocco Mountain Off Road Park
Cloudmont Ski and Golf
Consolidated Gold Mine
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Desoto State Park
Doll Mountain Campground
Enota Mountain Retreat
Etowah Indian Mounds
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Florala State Park
Franklin D Roosevelt State Park
Fort Mountain State Park
Georgia Mountain Fairground
Georgia Veterans State Park
Gold n Gem Grubbin'
James H Floyd State park
James Island Park
Jellystone Park- Cave City, KY
John Tanner Park
Lake Sidney Lanier
Little River Canyon Center
Live Oak Landing
Lula Lake Land Trust
Mammoth Cave National Park
Moto Mountain Powersports
New Echota - Cherokee Capitol
Noccalula Falls Park details and pictures
Old Stone Fort Archaeology State Park
Pine Moutain RV
Red Top Mountain State Park
Ridge Ferry Park
Rocky Mountain Recreation Area
Rock Town - Pigeon Mountain
Salt Springs Recreation Area
Stone Mountain Park
Tannehill State Park
Tellus Science Museum
The Southern Museum
Topsail Hill Preserve
Up The Creek RV Camp - Park Details - Pictures
US Space and Rocket Center - Details and Pictures
Vogel State Park
Wild Animal Safari
World of Coke
Zoo Atlanta - Details and Pictures
Meet a trapper. Talk to a soldier. Throw a tomahawk. See
living skills displays from local historians. Walk through
time from the mid 1700's to the late 1800's. Held on the
baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354.
Georgia's State Parks website is very well done. Could use
more pictures of campsites and amenities. Making
reservations is a breeze!
140 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites (**$25-$28) - No full
hookups. Beautiful campgrounds with tall pines. Some
$105 - $115 per night - Cottage 17 is
a 2 ADA bedroom cottage. Sleeps 8.
The kids loved the playground. It's a pretty good walk or
short bike ride from the campgrounds, but... Could be more variety.
We really haven't hiked here.
There's just too much to do otherwise!
It's a nice visitor center on top of Pine Mountain. It's
unusual to see this kind of view in this part of Georgia.
Geocaching is available, but we didn't have a chance.
There are rockhounding opportunities
everywhere. Honestly, we've always been too busy to look.
Next time for sure!
Pine Mountain RV, Wild Animal Safari, Little White
House, and more! This is an awesome destination!
*Note: We rate
only the amenities we have personally reviewed.
**Accommodation pricing is based on 2010 http://gastateparks.org
No financial consideration or favor has been received for
listing in PB&J Adventures' website. We are in no way
affiliated with this facility or any other facility we
review. Any paid advertising seen on this site was arranged
after the destination was reviewed. You can trust the
reviews to be unbiased.
April 2008 (nearby