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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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Griffin Bell Golf and Conference Center

Presidential Pathways
1800 S. Lee St.
Americus, GA 31709
229-924-2914

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Guided Fishing Trips at Callaway Gardens

Presidential Pathways
Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
706-663-5142

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Habitat for Humanity Global Village & Discovery Center

Presidential Pathways
721 W. Church St.
Americus, GA 31709
800-422-4828

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Hannahatchee Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
GA Hwy. 27 W.
Richland, GA 31814
229-430-4254

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Harmon Park

Presidential Pathways
215 E. 5th Ave.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-2797

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Haygood Gym

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1152 Cusseta Rd.
Columbus, GA 31903
706-322-7051

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Heard County Covered Arena

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

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Heard County Historical Center & Museum

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161 Shady St.
Franklin, GA 30217
706-675-6507

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Heard County Parks & Recreation

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

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Heard County Sportsman’s Club

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Hwy. 100 N.
Franklin, GA 30217
770-876-3434

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Heath Park

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5845 Datchet Ln.
Columbus, GA 31909
706-225-4658

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Hemlock Park

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15 Poplar St.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-225-4658

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Heritage Park – Columbus

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708 Broadway
Columbus, GA 31901
706-322-0756

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High Pine Lodge

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1546 Mill Pond Rd.
Buena Vista, GA 31803
706-326-3786

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Highland Marina Resort

Presidential Pathways
1000 Seminole Rd.
LaGrange, GA 30240
706-882-3437

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Hills & Dales Estate

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1916 Hills & Dales Dr.
LaGrange, GA 30240
706-882-3242

Holiday Campground – West Point Lake

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954 Abbotsford Rd.
LaGrange, GA 30240
877-444-6777

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Hoyt Rogers Field

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Downtown Ephesus
Ephesus, GA 30170
770-854-8616

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Jibb’s Vineyard

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1521 Jenkins Farm Rd.
Byromville, GA 31007
478-952-8328

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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

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300 N. Bond St.
Plains, GA 31780
229-824-4104

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Joe Kurz Wildlife Management Area

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7 miles outside Woodbury toward Gay
Gay, GA 30286
478-825-6354

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Joey Mines Guide Service

Presidential Pathways
72 Courtney Dr.
LaGrange, GA 30240
706-884-3607

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Jonathan Hatcher Skateboard Park

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200 4th St. / Victory Dr.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-225-4658

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Jordan Hill Park

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75 Jordan Hill Rd.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-467-4750

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Kauffman’s Farmarket

Presidential Pathways
1305 Mennonite Church Rd.
Montezuma, GA 31063
478-472-8833

Koinonia Farm

Presidential Pathways
1324 GA Hwy. 49 S.
Americus, GA 31709
229-924-0391

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LaGrange Art Museum

Presidential Pathways
112 Lafayette Pkwy.
LaGrange, GA 30240
706-882-3267

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Lake Meriwether

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728 Lake Meriwether Rd.
Woodbury, GA 30293
706-553-5247

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Lake Oliver

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5501 River Rd.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-653-4634

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Lake Oliver Marina

Presidential Pathways
5501 River Rd.
Columbus, GA 31904
706-653-4634

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