From the largest state park in Georgia to one of only two national fish hatcheries in Georgia, our area has many points of interest, including one of three presidential homes in the state. Stay and visit a while!
Roosevelt’s Little White House
401 Little White House Road, (706) 655-5870
The 1932 house has been carefully preserved as it was in Roosevelt’s day. The museum showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls, the “Tally Ho” stagecoach, and a theater with an outstanding documentary film. The Legacy Exhibit features “The Unfinished Portrait” along with recently-acquired backgrounds for the original portrait painted by Madame Shoumatoff. Purchase your tickets at the LWH and then visit the historic pools & springs after your visit to the Little White House. Your ticket purchased first at the LWH covers admission to both sites.
Historic Pools & Springs
Hwy. 27 Alt. at Juke Line Road, Warm Springs. The museum documents the treatment methods of polio and the history of the Warm Springs as a tourist resort and a therapeutic center. The pools are not structurally sound enough to support the weight of the water, so there is no swimming; however, visitors may walk through the dry pools, and feel the natural buoyancy and warmth of the spring water which is piped into a cistern. The spring water flows up from the ground and runs alongside the entrance driveway. A capital funds campaign is underway to raise money to restore the pools and open them on special occasions for swimming.
Roosevelt State Park, 2970 Georgia Hwy. 190, (706) 663-4858
At 9,049 acres, Georgia’s largest state park offers hiking, horseback riding, and camping. More than 40 miles of trails, including the popular 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail, wind through hardwood and pines, over creeks and past small waterfalls. Several park amenities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression.
Dowdell’s Knob, Georgia Hwy. 190
Located within the state park is a spectacular overlook of Pine Mountain Valley where President Roosevelt loved to enjoy picnics and quiet time. Visiting this beautiful area, it’s easy to see why he loved it so much. His grilling area has been preserved, and a handsome bronze statue draws visitors to his favorite spot. The entrance road is two miles west of the intersection of Highway 190 and Whitehouse Parkway.
Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery, 5308 Spring Street, (706) 655-3382. Free admission. The fish hatchery is supported by the cold springs on the opposite side of
Pine Mountain from the warm springs. Constructed in 1899, fish are raised for restocking regional lakes, rivers, and streams. An aquarium building houses several nature displays. A highlight is an area with native plants and wildlife representative of a typical Georgia wetland. Cyprian Bulloch Jr. gave the water rights from his property to establish the hatchery, and his house is still standing (a private residence) across the road from the hatchery’s entrance gates. Take quarters for the fish food dispensers.
Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain
The 2,600-acre nature park and resort founded by Franklin Roosevelt’s friend Cason Callaway is only about twenty minutes away from Warm Springs. Many guests visit Callaway Gardens to enjoy their many recreational opportunities including golf, fishing, tennis, and biking, as well as their annual events including Fantasy in Lights, Spring Celebration, Pumpkin Festival, and the Labor Day Hot Air Balloon Glow.
The Red Oak Covered Bridge, sometimes called the Imlac Covered Bridge, spans Red Oak Creek in the small community of Imlac, 4 miles north of Woodbury, Georgia and only 12 miles north of Warm Springs. It is an old 1840s covered bridge, built by freed slave and noted bridge builder Horace King, and attracts hundreds of visitors every year. At 391 feet, including the approaches, this structure is the oldest and longest wood covered bridge still in use in Georgia and may very well be one of the sturdiest. Known as the “Kissing Bridge” it was featured in the film “Lawless.” GPS coordinates: 33.038403-84.551143. Covered Bridge Road, Woodbury, Georgia 30293.
Meriwether Murals Trail. Look for these murals in each city in Meriwether County.
Rosalyn Carter Butterfly Garden Trail at the Warm Springs – Meriwether County Regional Visitors Center.
National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia.