Hotel at a Glance: Mountain Top Inn and Resort
Mountain Top Inn and Resort presides over F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Georgia’s largest state park. The main lodge consists of three wood-trimmed buildings with porches and plenty of rocking chairs—ideal for relaxing and enjoying views of Pine Mountain.
- Lodge rooms are all a little different, but each one comes with free WiFi, a coffeemaker, microwave, mini fridge, and satellite TV.
- For extra space: Choose a two- or three-bedroom cabin, which line the woods surrounding the lodge and are equipped with a full kitchen and linens. Many also have a hot tub, fireplace, and porch.
- Go for a swim in the seasonal outdoor pool, situated a mile from the lodge at the main office, which overlooks the valley below.
- Take a hike on the 23-mile long Pine Mountain Trail—the park’s most famous—which skirts past forests and past The Wolf Den Loop’s four waterfalls.
- Dine out at one of the many beautiful turn-of-the-century restaurants in historic downtown Warm Springs.
Warm Springs and Pine Mountain, Georgia: Sprawling State Park and Gardens
F.D. Roosevelt State Park—Georgia’s largest state park—unfurls across 9,000 rolling acres between the towns of Warm Springs and Pine Mountain, just 80 miles southwest of Atlanta. It’s named after the 32nd president of the United States, who picnicked here and swam in the park’s warm springs in the 1920s to ease his polio-related aches and pains. You can tour the Little White House Historic Site, the vacation cottage where he stayed. Hike along the Pine Mountain Trail or go horseback riding via Roosevelt Stables; horse trails often wind past Lake Franklin and group camps built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
Just outside the park in Pine Mountain, you can bicycle through Callaway Gardens, zipline through the forest canopy, or tee off on one of its two 18-hole golf courses. Callaway Gardens also offers visitors a number of ways to connect with nature: watch raptors in flight during daily Birds of Prey shows, marvel at more than 1,000 butterflies flitting around the conservatory, and see seasonal plant displays in the horticultural center. Kids will enjoy Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari Park, a drive-thru safari home to lions, tigers, monkeys, and giraffes. After a day of outdoor adventure, head to downtown Pine Mountain or Warm Springs to shop for antiques and collectibles.