F. D. Roosevelt State Park: Dowdell Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."