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Pine Mountain Trail

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 4.6 (21) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A 23 mile point-to-point trail that follows the Pine Mountain ridge in west-central Georgia.


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23.3

Miles

37.5

KM

Point to Point

1,343' 409 m

High

966' 294 m

Low

2,482' 756 m

Up

2,732' 833 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly There are several points where the trail crosses GA-190. These spots typically have a small parking area and allow for visitors to hike a small section of the main trail as an out and back.

Overview

This long trail features beautiful woods, several stream crossings, interesting rock outcroppings, as well as scenic views.

Need to Know

Many people like to take the trail from east to west. In other words, from the WJSP-TV tower parking lot to the Callaway Gardens Country Store. The benefit of this approach is that you can stop in the restaurant and enjoy a hot meal afterwards. Please note that there are many side trails off of the main trail. Be sure to follow the blue blaze to remain on the main trail.

Description

Start the trail either from the Callaway Gardens Country Store or the WJSP-TV tower parking lot. It is a beautiful and well maintained twenty three mile long trail that is marked with wooden trail signs and blue blazes the entire way. The trail features beautiful woods, several stream crossings, interesting rock outcroppings as well as scenic views. Wild turkey and deer are commonly spotted by visitors making their way along the trail.

The trail is located inside the Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park and requires a daily use fee for parking. There are also sixteen designated campsites along the trail that can be reserved by contacting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park office.

There is also an active Pine Mountain Trail Association that exists to preserve and promote the trail and offers a wealth of helpful information as well as trail maps.

Flora & Fauna

During the spring you may find flowering azalea bushes, dogwood trees, mountain laurel and rhododendron.

History & Background

Most of the land that the Pine Mountain Trail covers once belonged to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Contacts

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Tony Gayda

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  4.6 from 21 votes

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Photos

"Ferney" the big pine tree. It is big, but not sure of it's significance.
Jan 9, 2016 near Manchester, GA
Cascade Falls in the winter.
Jan 9, 2016 near Manchester, GA
Beech Bottom Campsite, near the Pine Mountain Trail is a good place to spend a night in early February.
Jan 9, 2016 near Pine Mo…, GA
A rocky section of the Pine Mountain Trail.
Jan 9, 2016 near Manchester, GA
Plane crash memorial near Dowdell Knob Loop.
Jan 9, 2016 near Pine Mo…, GA
Eastern Terminus mile marker 23
Sep 25, 2019 near Manchester, GA

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Sep 12, 2020
Mia Nichols
Hiked from FDR signs at entrance to Gardens Overlook then back to FDR sign/parking lot. 2 adults, 4 kids. 2.7mi — 1h 20m
Mar 28, 2020
Steve McCard
Dec 27, 2019
Frank Cheshire
23.3mi
Nov 25, 2019
Jason Rowe
14.6mi
Jul 20, 2019
Christine Abbott
14mi
May 18, 2019
Jim Beall
Holly hugger to little bridges campsite 10mi
Apr 14, 2019
Susannah Swanson
Very rocky ground. 16.1mi — 7h 40m
Jan 6, 2019
Thomas Kessler
7.1mi