F.D. Roosevelt State Park Waterfall Trails Georgia Travel Article Hiking

We love Georgia and we love their state parks, so when it came time to book a site for Father’s Day weekend camping, we knew that’s exactly where we wanted to go. F.D.Roosevelt State Park has been on our list for quite some time and it did not disappoint. We highly recommend the sites in Loop 5 as they are spread out, large and level. The park is also dog friendly with nice walking paths. We were surprised to find that there weren’t any bike trails in the park, but were able to find them at Calloway Gardens.

Calloway Gardens

The Calloway Gardens bike paths are nicely paved and weave through the park. All were lined with gorgeous, towering trees and beautiful flowers. I’m a sucker for ferns, so I had to snap  this shot of Hayden (with my iPhone) on a break while Dad took some landscape shots.

Calloway Gardens Bike Path Pine Mountain Georgia Fern Garden

Kenny knew from the moment that we realized how close we were to Calloway Gardens that he wanted to find the Ida Cason Chapel and get a reflection shot.  We lucked out that an afternoon rainstorm came through and saturated the scene with color for him.  His shot turned out so beautiful and we had fun feeding the fish while we explored this area of the park.

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Ida Cason Church, Calloway Gardens

Pine Mountain, Georgia

We headed into the town of Pine Mountain, GA for dinner on Friday night and fell in love with the little historic strip of shops and eateries on Main Ave. It has become a sort of tradition for us to find the sloppiest, hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant we can for at least one meal on our camping trips. We ended up at San Marcos Restaurant.  The food was delicious! Try the tamales appetizer and pair it with a cold Negra Modelo – YUM!

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Pine Mountain, GA colorful street mural in historic district

Hiking Trails & Waterfalls

We hiked the Pine Mountain Trail right outside of the state park, in Columbus, GA, to a series of waterfalls. The 2 mile hike was no match for our 6 year old, with a few water breaks and play time at the falls. We didn’t make it to  Cascade Falls, but we did make it to Csonka Falls, Big Rock Falls and Slippery Rock Falls. While Kenny was busy taking photographs, Stacy built cairns and Hayden learned how to use the compass we bought him from the F.D. Roosevelt State Park gift shop. We enjoyed looking at wildflowers and wild berries along the hike. Kenny and I are already planning another trip back up without our little guy to finish the Cascades Falls hike and venture up to Dowdell’s Knob.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park Waterfall Trails Georgia Travel Article
Waterfalls, F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Where Its Located

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Have You Visited This Park?

If so, what did you think? Are there any places in this area that you recommend seeing if we venture back? Let me know by comment below and have an outstanding day!


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