Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Friday, March 28, 2014

RV Park Review – F.D. Roosevelt State Park (Pine Mountain, Georgia)

Overall, we loved this park and it is just what you expect and want from a state park campground.  It is a 9,000-acre park perched in a gorgeous wooded forest in the Georgia Hills with beautiful campsites, peaceful hiking trails, a serene lake, historic Civilian Conservation Corps buildings, and the quiet sound of the forest that permeates. 
Our site (#518 on the left) with Nealy's on Wheels and Technomadia camped next to us.
The registration office is located in an old Civilian Conservation Corps building that once served as a tavern.
The park has 140 RV/tent/trailer campsites ($25-28/night), 16 backcountry campsites ($10/person) and 22 cottages ($100-175/night; two of which are dog-friendly).  RV/trailer campsites vary from 50 and 30 amp electric service with water to those with no-hookups.  The campground is divided into six different loops.  The majority of sites are back-in but there are plenty of large pull-thrus able to accommodate all sizes of rigs.  Roads through the campground are paved but very narrow. 

Cabins with a great view overlooking the valley

Sites are gravel and most (but not all) are level and water and electric hook-ups are well placed.  Sites have fire pits and picnic tables.  Campsites are heavily to moderately wooded which adds great shade but inhibits satellite television coverage (we were not able to receive satellite with our roof-mounted in-motion unit).  Our antenna picked up a dozen channels but only one major network (CBS).  There was no problem getting phone reception or Verizon HotSpot 4G coverage.  There is no wifi or cable.  
The campground does take reservations but you can not reserve a specific site
Back-in site on the lake
Some gray water dumps are located
adjacent to campsites
There is a dump station able to accommodate two RV’s at once and gray water dump stations are conveniently scattered throughout the campground. 
There is a gift shop and camp store on-site and within a couple of miles of the campground is a small grocery store, liquor store, gas station, shopping, and a few restaurants.  Ten miles away is the small town home to the F.D. Roosevelt “Little White House” historic site which is a very interesting museum and well worth the visit.  The town has a few gift shops, restaurants, and attractions.  I highly recommend Mac’s BBQ.

For those looking for activities, there is plenty to do as the park offers many activities including education programs, ranger-led hikes, musical events, and camps.  There are stables available to take you horseback riding, canoe/kayak rentals, geo-caching, fishing, and much more.  Amenities include playgrounds, a swimming pool (open during the summer), an amphitheater, and picnic shelters. 

Awesome hiking trails
What we really liked about this campground were the nice, large campsites set in the woods, the great hiking trails, and peaceful setting.  It is a really nice campground for those of you who want to get away.  Nearby is the F.D. Roosevelt “Little White House” historic site which is a very interesting part of the Georgia history. 
Lake Delano, one of two lakes, available for boating
The not so good was that sites did not have sewer.  If sewer were available, we would have stayed longer. The roads were narrow and trees are close to the road so going slow in a big rig (ours is 40’) is a must.  Some pull-thru sites have their patios facing the road so they may not be optimal for those wanting privacy.  The bathrooms are older and vary on cleanliness depending on how many campers are in the park. 

Spirit’s two cents: she ranks this park very high.  There are miles and miles of trails that were perfect for letting her run freely and swim in the creeks that meander through the hollows.  Trails are not very strenuous and leave right from the campground.  On most occasions we never saw other hikers so we let her off-leash to run at her free will.  While we did not see any deer to chase, there were plenty of smells and squirrels to chase.

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't too sure about this park until I read that Spirit really likes it. That certainly changes my opinion! :c)


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