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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.

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.

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Chattahoochee RiverWalk

Presidential Pathways
Front Street
Columbus, GA 31903
706-653-4189

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Chattahoochee RiverWalk GeoTour

Presidential Pathways
900 Front Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-322-1613

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Cherokee Rose Sporting Resort

Presidential Pathways
895 Baptist Camp Rd.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-227-6569

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City Park

Presidential Pathways
601 Camp Northern Rd.
Griffin, GA 30224
770-467-4750

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Club at Shoal Creek

Presidential Pathways
430 Country Club Dr.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-228-4744

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Coca-Cola Space Science Center

Presidential Pathways
701 Front Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-649-1477

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Columbus Black History Museum and Archives

Presidential Pathways
315 8th St.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-507-3466

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Columbus Botanical Garden

Presidential Pathways
3603 Weems Rd.
Columbus, GA 31909
706-327-8400

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Columbus Civic Center

Presidential Pathways
400 4th St. / Victory Dr.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-653-4472

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Columbus Lions Indoor Football

Presidential Pathways
400 Fourth St.
Columbus, GA 31902
706-322-3336

Columbus Museum

Presidential Pathways
1251 Wynnton Rd.
Columbus, GA 31906
706-748-2562

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Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Presidential Pathways
900 Broadway
Columbus, GA 31901
706-323-5059

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Comer Gym

Presidential Pathways
107 41st St.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-225-4658

Cooper Creek Park

Presidential Pathways
4816 Milgen Rd.
Columbus, GA 31907
706-317-4186

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Cordele Farmers Market

Presidential Pathways
1901 U.S. Hwy. 41 N.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-2335

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Cordele KOA

Presidential Pathways
373 Rockhouse Road East
Cordele, GA 31015
229-273-5454

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Country Club of Columbus

Presidential Pathways
2610 Cherokee Ave.
Columbus, GA 31906
706-322-4441

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Country Gardens Family Farm

Presidential Pathways
2050 Mc Collum Sharpsburg Rd.( Hwy.154)
Newnan, GA 30265
770-251-2673

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Country Vista Campground

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1634 Hwy. 41 S.
Buena Vista, GA 31803
229-649-2267

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Coweta Club @ Arbor Springs Golf Course

Presidential Pathways
300 Arbor Springs Pkwy.
Newnan, GA 30265
770-683-4727

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Crisp County Recreation Center

Presidential Pathways
1205 North 5th St. Ext.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-2797

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Crisp County Youth Ball Complex

Presidential Pathways
1512 E. 8th Ave.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-2797

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Crystal Valley Park

Presidential Pathways
6520 Crystal Dr.
Columbus, GA 31907
706-225-4658

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December Place Farm

Presidential Pathways
6171 Old West Point Rd.
LaGrange, GA 30240
706-333-1600

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Deriso Horse Arena

Presidential Pathways
504 Southerfield Rd.
Americus, GA 31719
229-924-4878

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Dillahunty Farm Christmas Trees

Presidential Pathways
401 Oxford Cir.
Concord, GA 30206
770-468-8738

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Dinglewood Park

Presidential Pathways
1660 13th St.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-225-4658

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Doc Holliday Museum

Presidential Pathways
209 N. 13th St.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-229-2705

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Double Churches Park

Presidential Pathways
2300 Double Churches Rd.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-494-7775

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Downtown LaGrange Walking Tour

Presidential Pathways
111 Bull St.
LaGrange, Ga 30240
706-884-8671

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