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.
Springs is a tourist town attracting many visitors each year. It does not take long to see that FDR is not forgotten.
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.
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.
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.