Callaway Gardens & Pine Mountain, Georgia: By Water or by Land

For outdoor lovers of all ages and interests, Callaway Gardens and Pine Mountain make the perfect vacation retreat. On the property, guests can find everything from nature trails and bike paths to swimming, fishing and boating. Outside of the resort complex, the Pine Mountain Ridge offers plenty of trails as well as historic attractions in the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Georgia’s largest park. Whether you’re seeking outdoor thrills, a stroll in the woods, or just some relaxing time outside, Pine Mountain is the perfect place for you.

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At The Gardens

Fun at the Lake

In the warmer months, visitors and guests flock to Robin Lake for its amenities and attractions. The wide expanse of white, sandy beach and paved walking path around the lake make it accessible for anyone. There’s a designated area for swimming, as well as a floating playground and large water slide. Paddle boats (some with built-in water guns), water skiing, wake boarding and tubing are other options for fun on the water at Robin Lake.

If you prefer to stay dry, there are still plenty of lakeside activities available. A children’s playground, giant chess and checker sets, mini golf, shuffleboard and table tennis will keep you occupied for hours. Additional thrills can be found at the rock climbing wall, spider jump, bouncy house or flying trapeze attraction. Beach chair and umbrella rentals are available, and wireless internet is available in the beach pavilion. If you’ve worked up an appetite or just need a quick snack, three dining options are seasonally open at the lake, and the Sand Bucket shop has sunscreen, beach towels and all of your other needs for a day on the lake.

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For those looking for a different kind of lake experience, there is plenty of fishing available at the property’s 15 ponds and lakes. Rent a johnboat, canoe or kayak and bring your own equipment or rent it on site. Callaway Gardens’ lakes are known for enormous bream, shellcrackers (giant red-ear sunfish) and trophy-sized bass, and several lakes are seasonally stocked with rainbow trout. Serious anglers should check out weekend fly-fishing schools, private fly-fishing instruction, and guided bass and fly-fishing trips, all led by a staff of expert instructors and guides. No fishing licenses are required.

Biking & Nature Trails

The wide, paved trails of the Discovery Bicycle Trail cover 10 miles of the expansive acres of Callaway Gardens. Easily get to all of the property’s attractions while enjoying the fresh air and natural beauty. Bike rentals are offered daily at the Discovery Center. Choose from 21-speed, 6-speed or 3-speed bikes, with options for child carriers so that the little ones don’t have to miss out. Helmet rentals are also available.

If you prefer your own two feet to two wheels, a network of walking trails allows you to get up close and personal with the natural beauty found throughout the gardens. From easy strolls to moderately challenging treks, the trails showcase gardens, creeks, lakes and wooded areas at their finest.

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Zip line and aerial adventure courses are more popular than ever, and Callaway Gardens is the perfect setting for this thrilling activity. After a safety orientation and introduction to navigating the course, guests spend approximately two hours on this self-guided course of 10 to 15 zip lines ranging from 44 to 700 feet long and soaring up to 70 feet above the forest floor. Other challenges include ladders, wires, logs, discs, netting and other suspended surfaces, some of which go over water on the recently added Lake Course.

This adventure is a wonderful way to make memories with the whole family, as long as little ones are more than 54 inches tall. For those even smaller who are between 36 and 60 inches tall, the Sapling Course will provide plenty of fun and preparation to one day take on the bigger course.

Out & About: Pine Mountain Area

While there are so many activities at Callaway Gardens that you may never need to leave during your vacation, there are also several attractions worth visiting in the surrounding area of south Georgia.

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At more than 9,000 acres, Georgia’s largest state park is a scenic place for families to explore nature while experiencing a bit of history. The 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail leads past scenic overlooks, rock outcroppings and lush waterfalls, providing several options for shorter hikes along the trail. Dowdell’s Knob, at 1,395 feet in elevation, was a favorite picnicking spot of Roosevelt’s, and visitors enjoy the same sweeping views there today that the former president did so many years ago.

Roosevelt’s Little White House

One of the most popular historic attractions in the state, Roosevelt built this vacation house in 1932, just prior to being sworn in as president. The scenic location is near the healing warm springs that he frequented to treat his polio. Today, the home, guest house and servants’ quarters are open to visitors and showcase exhibits like his specially outfitted 1938 Ford convertible, radios playing his famous “Fireside Chats,” secret service relics, the “Unfinished Portrait” he was posing for when he died, and more.

Roosevelt Stables

See scenic Pine Mountain and the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park from atop a trusty steed. 28 miles of equestrian trails traverse through the park, with horseback riding adventures are available for all skill levels. Trail rides of various lengths are available, as well as rides that include lunch, birthday parties and group rides. Little ones (under 6) can enjoy tandem rides, and pony rides are also available.

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