“A 23 mile point-to-point trail that follows the Pine Mountain ridge in west-central Georgia.
— Tony Gayda
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
This is a trail that many individuals run on their own for training purposes. There are also official trail races that are scheduled at different times during the year.
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.