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Presidential Pathways: Adventure is Calling

People have been coming for generations to the 19-county district of West Central Georgia known as the Presidential Pathways region to enjoy its acres of pristine forest and fields, miles of trails, and lakes brimming with fish. Today, adventure-seekers are finding new thrills here, with whitewater rafting, tubing and ziplines on the Chattahoochee River at Columbus.

People have been coming for generations to the 19-county district of West Central Georgia known as the Presidential Pathways region to enjoy its acres of pristine forest and fields, miles of trails, and lakes brimming with fish. Today, adventure-seekers are finding new thrills here, with whitewater rafting, tubing and ziplines on the Chattahoochee River at Columbus.

Stroll, bike or skate on Columbus’s RiverWalk, a 15-mile linear park that parallels the Chattahoochee. Also in Columbus, you’ll find the wildlife trails, wetlands, and natural history exhibits of Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center a relaxing pleasure.

The Chattahoochee River certainly helps define this region. The river flows into West Point Lake near LaGrange, offering more than 500 miles of shoreline, championship fishing, and other recreational and water activities. Communities bordered by the river include Franklin, in Heard County, which offers the paved Old Town Chattahoochee Greenway Trail for bicycling, walking, running and other non-motorized activities. Heard County’s Riverside Park has boat ramps and fishing areas in West Point Lake.

Another access point to the Chattahoochee River is Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan, a haven for paddlers, campers and anglers. A boat ramp provides easy access to the water, while wooded trails are open for hiking and nature photography.

Set up camp in F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain. This park is a wonderful combination of nature and history, deeply rooted in the historical era of this four-time president who made this area his second home as he sought the restorative waters of nearby Warm Springs to treat his polio. Picnic at Dowdell’s Knob, Roosevelt’s favorite picnic spot, overlooking a magnificent view of the valley below. Hike the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail, which winds through a mix of hardwoods and

pines. There are also horseback riding trails.

Love water sports? Then head to Florence Marina State Park in Omaha, at the northern end of 45,000-acre Lake Walter F. George, with its natural deep-water marina and accessible deep-water fishing pier, boat slips, and boat ramp. Birders are sure to see herons and egrets, and possibly bald eagles. To the east, cool off in the gently flowing Flint River at Sprewell Bluff Park, a little-known gem and great daytime getaway spot. Skip rocks across the water, picnic on the river’s edge, or toss horseshoes in a grassy field. A boat ramp is available for canoeists, kayakers, rafters, and anglers.

Don’t miss awe-inspiring Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area, known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, to enjoy magnificent views of the canyons from the rim trail. Backpackers who head out before 4 p.m. can sleep under the stars along the backcountry trail.

Both F.D. Roosevelt State Park and Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area host occasional “astronomy nights” facilitated by staff at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus, so if you schedule a visit during one of these events, you can mingle with others who delight in stargazing.

And you’ll never tire of all the outdoor opportunities at Callaway Gardens,just a few miles from F.D. Roosevelt State Park: trails, golf, swimming, the Day Butterfly Center, and the resort’s TreeTop Adventure zip lining and obstacle course, among others.

Birders flock to this region because our Presidential Pathways includes some of the 30 observation sites and +260 species of birds on the Southern Rivers Birding Trail whose trail maps and lists are available at the state’s Visitor Information Centers.

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Presidential Pathways - Locations

Heard County Covered Arena

Presidential Pathways
12080 Hwy. 100N
Franklin, GA 30217
706-675-3821

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Heard County Parks & Recreation

Presidential Pathways
2020 Thompson Rd.
Franklin, GA 30217
706-675-3778

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Sprewell Bluff Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
740 Sprewell Bluff Rd.
Thomaston, GA 30286
478-825-6354

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Whitewater Express

Presidential Pathways
1000 Bay Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-321-4720

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Chattahoochee Old Town aka Brush Creek Park

Presidential Pathways
1328 Brush Creek Park Rd.
Franklin, GA 30217
706-594-4921

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Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

Presidential Pathways
2459H U.S. Hwy. 280 W.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-1004

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F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Presidential Pathways
2970 GA Hwy. 190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822-2200
706-663-4858

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Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Presidential Pathways
425 Bobwhite Way
Newnan, GA 30263
770-254-7271

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Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course

Presidential Pathways
2459A U.S. Hwy. 280 W.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276- 2371

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Snake Creek Park

Presidential Pathways
3940 S. River Rd.
Franklin, GA 30217
706-675-3821

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Chattahoochee Greenway Trail

Presidential Pathways
Chattahoochee Riverside
Franklin, GA 30217
706-675-3778

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19th Avenue Park

Presidential Pathways
602 E. 19th Ave.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-2797

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23rd Street Park

Presidential Pathways
10 23rd St.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-225-4658

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29th Street Park & Recreation Center

Presidential Pathways
501 29th St.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-322-0418

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8th Street Park & Michael Fluellen Recreation Center

Presidential Pathways
2824 8th St.
Columbus, GA 31906
706-327-4142

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A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium

Presidential Pathways
600 4th St. / Victory Dr.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-653-4505

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Airport Road Park

Presidential Pathways
199 Memorial Dr.
Griffin, GA 30224
770-467-4750

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Alberta H. Anderson Park

Presidential Pathways
310 W. 2nd St.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-2797

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Alexander Park & Pop Austin Recreation Center

Presidential Pathways
1301 Alexander St.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-323-8707

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AMBUCS Park

Presidential Pathways
1110 Highfalls Rd.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-467-4750

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Anderson Village Park

Presidential Pathways
3920 Middle Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-225-4658

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Andersonville Civil War Village

Presidential Pathways
109 E. Church St.
Andersonville, GA 31711
229-924-2558

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Andersonville National Historic Site

Presidential Pathways
496 Cemetery Rd.
Andersonville, GA 31711
229-924-0343

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Andersonville RV Park

Presidential Pathways
209 W. Church St.
Andersonville, GA 31711
229-924-2558

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Ardahilia Mack Rec Center

Presidential Pathways
1282 Rigdon Rd.
Columbus, GA 31906
706-225-4658

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Auchumpkee Creek Covered Bridge

Presidential Pathways
Allen Rd. / Hwy. 80
Thomaston, GA 30286
706-647-9686

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Bailey-Tebault House/Griffin Spalding Historical Society

Presidential Pathways
633 Meriwether St. / PO Box 196
Griffin, GA 30224
770-229-2432

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Barlow Street Park & Pool

Presidential Pathways
709 Barlow St.
Americus, GA 31719
229-924-4878

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Barnum Pond & Park

Presidential Pathways
Corner of Mayo & Railroad Streets
Americus, GA 31719
229-924-4878

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Bell Street Park & Pool

Presidential Pathways
809 Oak Ave.
Americus, GA 31719
229-924-4878

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