Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Friday, November 23, 2018

Warm Springs, GA and FDR State Park

15 Sept 2018

Just a few miles from Pine Mountain is the town of Warm Springs, GA.  It is best known for the Georgia home of FDR just a short drive from town.  FDR first came here when he was Governor of New York for polio treatments.  The hot springs were thought to help with this condition.  He liked the area so much that he built a home nearby called the Little Whitehouse.  He was a great benefactor to the town and was very popular here.  His last visit was in April of 1945, when he fell ill and died at the Little White House.  We visited this park a few years ago and it is a real historic gem.
Today Warm Springs is a tourist town attracting many visitors each year.  It does not take long to see that FDR is not forgotten.

F D Roosevelt State Park is known for its scenic drives, trails and backpacking opportunities.  It also has a road side stop that was said to be President Roosevelts favorite viewing point, Dowdell’s Knob.  It was indeed a beautiful drive.

Pine Mountain GA

14, 15 Sept 2018
Our FMCA club rally was held at the Pine Mountain RV Resort.  It is a large campground with over 200 sites.  8 rigs came together to enjoy a good time visiting and sharing experiences.  Somehow, we managed not to take a single picture of the gathering.

While there we visited the small resort town of Pine Mountain, formerly called Chipley.  The town was founded as Chipley in 1882.  In 1952, the Callaway Gardens opened and advertised that is was in the Pine Mountains of GA.  The town of Chipley decided to change its name to Pine Mountain when the gardens opened.  Today it is a small tourist town.  It is a short drive from the campground and we visited it several times.

CallawayGardens is the big attraction in the area.  It was founded by the Callaway family to protect the native Azalea species.  It is now a gardens and resort complex with over 6500 acres.  We were not in the prime garden seasons, but we enjoyed the trails and visiting some of the exhibits including the butterfly house.