F D Roosevelt State Park, Dowdell Knob Loop

Atlanta, Georgia 31136

F D Roosevelt State Park, Dowdell Knob Loop

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"The Dowdell Knob Loop is a 4.4-mile microcosm of what the loop hikes along the PMT have to offer. Besides being one of the most scenic, it also passes through a couple of the historic locations on Pine Mountain.

The Dowdell Knob Loop combines the short parking-lot approach trail, a 3.0-mile section of the PMT, and 1.3 miles of the Boot Top Trail. The last trail earns its name from its placement on the loop. The PMT portion of the path creates the outline of a boot, with Dowdell Knob overlook at its southern heel. The Boot Top Trail cuts across the other end, or top of the boot."

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"The Dowdell Knob Loop is a 4.3-mile microcosm of what the loop hikes along the PMT have to offer. Besides being one of the most scenic, it also passes through a couple of the historic locations on Pine Mountain. The Dowdell Knob overlook affords an impressive panorama. This was one of President Roosevelt's favorite places to go for a cookout. Information plaques tell of his visits." Read more
Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press)
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"The highest point on Pine Mountain, Dowdell Knob sits at an elevation of 1395 feet and overlooks the low, rolling Piedmont hills. This was one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s favorite places on the mountain to relax, and an interpretive sign explains that dowdell’s knob was one of the few places where he felt at ease and comfortable enough to wear his leg braces outside his pants. Having asked his Secret Service detail to wait down the road and leave him alone for a while, Roosevelt sat on this peaceful peak just two days before he died on April 12, 1945. Walking clockwise, you begin the Dowdell Loop Trail on the dry ridge of oaks and hickory trees. The path traverses rock slopes, dips into the Bethel Creek basin, and regains high ground before dropping to a shaded creek. On the final stretch, you climb the ridge again, with breaks in the trees providing views of distant hills." Read more

F. D. Roosevelt State Park, Dowdell Knob Loop Reviews

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9/26/2009
Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 26th with free admission to Mistletoe State Park. You'll find many ways to show your support for Georgia State Parks' mission to preserve, protect, and provide access to public Green Space. You can either take advantage of volunteer opportunities that day such as trail inspection or litter pick-up, take advantage of a great day for a fall hike. Free admission day is 9/26/09.
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5/10/2009
This is a wonderful park. I really enjoyed my hike here. It was spring and the Honeysuckle was in bloom, which spread its amazing fragrance across the park.

I took the shorter loop, that didn't cross the stream, but the hike was still well worth the drive. The best views were in the Riparian Zone along the creek.

The hike was also a bit more rigorous than I expected in such a relatively rolling terrain. Nothing extreme, but I did feel just a bit of a burn, which was nice after hiking the completely flat trails around Savannah.
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4/5/2008
Selected this trail as a starter trail/overnight camp trip with my 9 year old son. Also wanted to test some new gear on a short trip.

Several stream crossings provided multiple places to filter water. The campsite at Rock Dam was flat, shady, with easy access to water. Overall grade on the trail was very manageable and it wasn't overly populated even on a holiday weekend.

We're going to continue using this trail for prep and maintenance hikes.

Make sure you call ahead to reserve the Rock Dam primitive camp! We didn't so we camped on the walk-in sites... beautiful lake view but distant from the recreational trail.
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3/16/2006
The six mile backcountry trail is a fantastic beginner day hike or overnigter. The trail is well marked and is in good condition. The trail is easily hiked, but has a few challenges with its six creek crossings. Water depth at this time was around 9 inches. You might get little wet if you are not careful. Cell service was available almost everywhere on the trail. Water was plentiful. Filter or chemically treat water, if want to drink it.
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9/24/2005
I wanted to take my son on a relatively easy hike with a camp over in the middle. I liked the idea of the security of a state park. It was easy to reserve the site, and although it had no amenities, the site was flat and clean.
We hiked both the Clyat Creek Trail and the Rock Dam Trail, camping on the pioneer site on the Rack Dam Trail. The trails were an easy hike with a couple of streams to cross and some steep gorges. It was easy enough to hike with backpacks. The maps both online and at the park are accurate and easy to use. No special navigation equipment is required. All the trails in the park are color coded with markers placed along the trail.
Even this late in September, the temperature was very hot. We plan to hike again later in the year.
I recommend this hike and camping experience to any novice hiker and camper. The hike itself took about 2 1/2 hours in and about 2 hours out. Have fun at Mistletoe State park; the park has beaches, canoe and Jon boat rental, many hiking trails and a great lake.
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Trail Information

Atlanta
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
F. D. Roosevelt State Park, 2970 SR 190, Pine Mountain 31822; (706) 663-4858; www.gastateparks.org Pine Mountain Trail Association Inc., PO Box 5, Columbus 31902; www.pinemountaintrail.org
Local Contacts
USGS Pine Mountain and Warm Springs; detailed map of the trails for sale by the Pine Mountain Trail Association (all funds from map sales are used to maintain the Pine Mountain Trail); page-size map of the park including the trail available from the park office.
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Dec 2018