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Adventure Sunday at FDR State Park/Pine Mtn. GA (carpool 7:30am Windward Park N Ride)

The Basics:
Event Type:Explorer
Event Location: 2970 Ga Hwy 190, Pine Mountain, GA   Explorer: Adventure Sunday at FDR State Park/Pine Mtn. GA (carpool 7:30am Windward Park N Ride)   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 22 2017  9:30 am >> Sun, Jan 22 2017 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 18 2017 12:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 22 2017 7:30 am
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:14 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Erica B.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Before registering for this event: Please note that it is required that you have hiked a d5 successfully in the past 6 months, or 2 of the more difficult d4s.

This is going to be an adventure/explorer hike in which we will be hiking at a fast pace with a few short breaks to catch our breath and or snack.

FDR State Park is one of Georgia's largest state parks. It has more than 40 miles of trail which include the most popular 23-mile, Pine Mountain trail. This mountain region which is 80 miles Southwest of Atlanta which is above King's Gap is Dowdell's Knob which is historic. Dowdell's Knob is where President Franklin D. Roosevelt liked to picnic.

In the visitor's center in which we will begin our hike is a life-size statue of FDR. I have never been to this state park, and have looked forward to having an opportunity to visit the park for a while now. I hope that you will join me for this Sunday's adventure!

Additionally, the website about the park has a great deal of information on the trails. For this hike, I am planning to keep it simple and select the Pine Mountain Trail. The total distance for this section is 23 miles. However, we will only hike about 14 miles to include the blue blazed trail, connector loops (white trail), Mountain Creek Nature Trail, Dowdell Knob loop, Wolfden Loop,  Longleaf Loop with an expected elevation gain of 1300 + ft. in one direction and another 1300 on the way back.  Since the trail is 23 miles,  we will hike 7 miles in and turn around and hike 7 miles out. This way we will get plenty of miles, elevation, admire the trail's beauty, and enjoy the hike.

I have not been to this park before, so it will defintely be an adventure, lots of fun & an explorer hike!


Required Items to Bring:

$5.00 parking fee


Trekking poles if you use them


Hike or athletic shoes

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Carpool Windward Park n Ride Alpharetta Ga, Exit 11 off 400N continue on Windward Pkwy, Drive to Dryden Rd, Use right lane to turn right onto Windward Parkway, turn right at the !st cross street onto Northpoint Pkwy, Turn Right onto Dryden Rd., Windward Pkwy Park n Ride will be on the right.  

FDR State Park

2970 GA Hwy 190, Pine Mountain Ga 31822

The carpool departs at 7:30 am and we expect to arrive at the trails by 9:30am. We will hike until 3pm and allow another 2 hrs for the drive home.  (7:30am -5pm).   

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):110Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $44.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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