Pine Mountain to Atlanta 78 miles
The Town of Pine Mountain is more than Callaway Gardens. They have Stores, Wildlife Safari, Chipley Historic Center, Roosevelt Stables, FDR State Park and Butts Mill. Also the town has several hiking trails and golf.
The town began in 1882 when the railroad spread to Pine Mountain from Columbus, and until the 1960s, the community was known as Chipley. The name was changed to Pine Mountain due to the existence of Callaway Gardens.
Hwy 27 runs north and south through town, Hamilton is 8 miles south. Some of the stores on Main Street are: Hissy Fit, Absolutely You Boutique, Cat’s Meow, Chanticleer, and more.
Besides shopping there are other things to do:
Wild Animal Safari – 1300 Oak Grove Road – You don’t have to travel far to experience hundreds of exotic animals around the world. www.animalsafari.com
Chipley Historical Center – 146 N. McDougald Ave. – There are exhibits such as photographs, deeds, newspapers, diaries, etc. If you are interested in the history of Chipley (like I am) before it was called Pine Mountain than visit this museum. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places
Roosevelt Stable – 1063 Group Camp Rd. – 3 miles from Callaway Gardens, located in the 9,049 acre FDR State Park. Rides are various lengths.
Butts Mill Farm – Butts Mill Farm Rd. – Family friendly park. The admission price does not include go-karts or horseback riding.
FDR State Park -President Franklin D. Roosevelt often picnicked at Dowdell’s Knob. The park is Georgia’s Largest Park at 9,049 acres. Take Hwy 27 south, look for the FDR State Park sign on the left.
Picture taken from overlook to Park
Picture of store and Ranger Station
I went to the Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens on December 7th. The tickets included the admission to the Gardens during the day. We decided to drive through, so we lined up with everyone else, I have to give a big “atta boy” to the guys in charge, they remembered who was first. 8 million lights in displays, it was a feast for the eyes. Get there early to line up if want to drive, when we finished I noticed that there was still a lot of cars still lined up. Check out the website www.callawaygardens.com
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