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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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Dr. Lee Williams Park

Presidential Pathways
502 2nd Ave. E.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-2797

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Drummer Boy Civil War Museum

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

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Dunaway Gardens

Presidential Pathways
3218 Roscoe Rd.
Newnan, GA 30263
678-423-4050

Dundee Lake Park

Presidential Pathways
255 Dundee Lake Rd.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-467-4750

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Dundee Park

Presidential Pathways
999 W. Quilly St.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-467-4750

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Ed Vance Park

Presidential Pathways
28 Hemlock Dr.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-225-4658

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Edgewood Park

Presidential Pathways
1501 Morris Rd.
Columbus, GA 31907
706-225-4658

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Ellis Bros. Pecans

Presidential Pathways
1315 Tippettville Rd.
Vienna, GA 31092
229-268-9041

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm

Presidential Pathways
484 Baptist Camp Rd.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-228-5344

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Ewart Park/South Lawyers Lane

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909 Ewart Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-225-4658

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Fairmont Park

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241 Blanton St.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-467-4750

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Fall Line Trace

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Flat Rock Park, 6106 Warm Springs Rd.
Columbus, GA 31909
706-225-4658

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FDR’s Little White House Historic Site

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401 Little White House Rd.
Warm Springs, GA 31830
706-655-5870

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First Christian Park

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291 S. Pine Hill Rd.
Griffin, GA 30224
770-467-4750

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Fishing From Georgia

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560 Ishman Ballard Rd.
Newnan, GA 30263
770-502-9560

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Five Points Berries

Presidential Pathways
749 Johnson Cemetery Rd.
Mauk, GA 30158
603-520-0934

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Flat Rock Park

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6106 Warm Springs Rd.
Columbus, GA 31909
706-225-4658

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Flint River Outdoor Center

Presidential Pathways
4429 Woodland Rd. Hwy. 36 W.
Thomaston, GA 30286
706-647-2633

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Flint River Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
GA Hwy. 27 to Hwy. 230 on River Rd.
Vienna, GA 31015
229-430-4254

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Florence Marina State Park

Presidential Pathways
218 Florence Rd.
Omaha, GA 31821
229-838-6870

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Follow Me Golf Course

Presidential Pathways
Building 390, Fort Benning
Columbus, GA 31905
706-687-1940

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Georgia Cotton Museum

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1321 E. Union St.
Vienna, GA 31092
229-268-2045

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Georgia Rural Telephone Museum

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135 N. Bailey Ave.
Leslie, GA 31764
229-874-4786

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Georgia State Cotton Museum

Presidential Pathways
1321 E. Union St.
Vienna, GA 31092
229-268-4458

Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park

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

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Godwin Creek Golf Course

Presidential Pathways
403 42nd St.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-324-0583

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Golden Park

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4th St.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-653-4505

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Green Island Hills Golf Course

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6501 Standing Boy Rd.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-324-7191

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Greenville Historic Homes Tour

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Hwy. 27/41
Greenville, GA 30222
706-655-2558

Gregg Farms

Presidential Pathways
5634 Concord Rd.
Concord, GA 30206
770-227-4661

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