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Warm Springs, Georgia

www.warmspringsga.com
(web site for Warm Springs, GA)


A warm welcome from Warm Springs

Home to one of Georgia's Seven Natural Wonders!

Located just an hour south of Atlanta, the town of Warm Springs, Georgia is nestled amongst rolling hills and fresh water springs and is steeped in traditional southern charm and hospitality.

Warm Springs sidewalks beckon with old-fashioned charm

Experience the warmth of Warm Springs!






Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, far from the daily routine of even countryside living is a place where you can retreat from the pressures of the world!   Come....spend a day... or two with us and experience the warmth and the charm of Warm Springs.....a blend of past and present!

 

Enjoy the rocking chairs along the sidewalk in Warm Springs

No matter if you've been here a dozen times or more, the attractions of Warm Springs always seem fresh, new, soothing to the spirit.  Benches and rocking chairs line the sheltered downtown streets, where specialty shops and restaurants beckon with old-fashioned charm!

An array of Specialty stores line the quaint streets and courtyard of Warm Springs Village. Antiques, Crafts, Fine Collectibles and much more can be found in this shopper's paradise. Warm Springs' history is evident in the towns charming restaurants and hotels and the 100 year old restored buildings! Warm Springs Village offers food and accommodations for all tastes. Diners can please their palates from several local restaurants and then retire to one of the local hotels.

Area attractions:

For additional information on area attractions, call the Welcome Center at (706) 655-3322 or 1-800-337-1927.

Our History

History and tradition abound here in Warm Springs, Georgia.  We're a land saturated with momentous historical events and figures; we're Warm Springs, where the beautiful rolling hardwood forests are a scenic backdrop for this village reclaimed from the dusty history books.

In the early years, Creek and Iroquois Indians used to frequent the eternally warm waters of the springs edging the Pine Mountain hillside.  They brought their sick and wounded to be "healed" in the mineral-rich springs.  Later, many would follow that thinking, coming here for a respite from the sultry cities or more importantly, to aid in the treatment of polio.

 

The History of Warm Springs

They flocked to the waters for health.......The warm mineral springs drew settlers to the area, and in 1832 when David Rose built the first "resort area" in Warm Springs, its popularity grew.  Later in 1893, Charles Davis built the very Victorian 300-room Meriwether Inn.  There was a dance pavilion, bowling alley, tennis court and trap shooting.  From the nearly 90 degree springs flowing from the hillside of Pine Mountain, resort pools were constructed.  It became "the place" for a summer retreat.  But at the turn of the century, the resort and the town fell into a decline.

It was the late former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who first gave national recognition to Warm Springs when, in 1924,  he visited the town's naturally heated mineral springs as treatment for his polio related paralysis. Georgia State Parks recently refurbished the pools and, although they are now mostly empty, a touch pool still exists where visitors are welcome to feel the actual warm spring water and listen to information about its' history. The warm springs maintains a constant 88 degree temperature year round and flows at approximately 914 gallons per minute. 

 A view of the pools at the Warm Springs Pools Complex.  Pools are NOT available for public use.  Photo courtesy of The Little White House, State of Georgia, DNRUnfortunately the springs are not available for public use as a bath/spa resort, but they are used by the Roosevelt Institute for therapeutic purposes.  The Springs Complex is open daily for tours from 9:00 am til 4:45 pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.  For more information call 706-655-5870.

Today, the warmth of the springs is steeped right into the very personalities of the people who live here.  Progressive, yet still tied to our traditions, we love to befriend each other and certainly our visitors, and we still take great pleasure in the Southern way of doing things-----cleanly, honestly, but with a mite slower pace!


The Little White House

Roosevelt was so enchanted with Warm Springs that he built the only home he ever owned here - a modest, six room cottage called the Little White House which served as a relaxing, comfortable haven for him during his regular The Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga. Home to President Franklin D. Roosevelt visits to Warm Springs. It was here he is believed to have developed his New Deal policies that would affect the entire nation, here where he relaxed and socialized and here where he died on April 12, 1945 while posing for the "Unfinished Portrait".  

We invite you to visit the Little White House and glimpse into the life of our late president.  The house is as it was the day he died.  See the Memorial Fountain, the Walk of the States, the Museum, a film in the auditorium, two of Roosevelt's classic cars and the original bump gate that opened with an automobile bumper.  Open daily from 9:00 am til 4:45 pm except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  Located 1/4 mile south of the town of Warm Springs.  Admission fee charged.  For more information, call 706-655-5870.
                 
              

Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation

Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation - A medical and vocational facility providing services for people with many types of disabilities

From a unique beginning as the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, a hospital for polio patients founded by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1927, the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation is an internationally recognized comprehensive medical and vocational rehabilitation facility, providing services for people with many different types of disabilities.  The campus quadrangle including historic Georgia Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places.  In addition, Roosevelt Institute offers conference, camping and recreational facilities, including a golf course, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, and bowling alley.  Tours are available. For additional information call 706-655-5000 or visit their web site at www.rooseveltrehab.org

 

Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery

Established in 1899, this facility is a warm water hatchery.  The species of fish propagated here do best in summer water temperatures.  Striped bass, sturgeon, and paddlefish, vital to the fishery resources of the Southeastern United States and the Atlantic Coast, are raised here and stocked in cooperation with the various State game and fish agencies.

In 1990, the Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center and Aquarium was established as field station in the Southeast Region's fishery program.  This Center centralizes the Fish Health Laboratory, National Fish Hatchery, Fish Technology Center and an Environmental Education Unit into a single complex.

The Fish Health Laboratory has the capability to provide state-of-the-art fish disease diagnostic and fish health certification services.  Triploid grass carp certification inspections are also provided to private fish farmers in ten southeastern states.

Over a century ago, it was recognized that conservation measures were necessary to maintain good fishing in our public waters.  Fishing has probably always been American's leading form of outdoor recreation.  The Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center is endeavoring to preserve this tradition for present as well as future generations of Americans.

Come Visit Us Soon!  Aquarium Hours are 8:00 am til 4:00 pm daily.  Closed on federal holidays. Special group tours can be arranged in advance.   For more information contact the Center in Warm Springs, Georgia at 706-655-3382.

 

FDR State Park

FDR State Park, Georgia's largest state park near Warm Springs, Georgia

Combine outdoor activities and history at the same time. Fishing and boating, short and long nature/hiking trails, multiple picnic areas and primitive to luxurious camping facilities await you at this beautiful 9,047-acre state park located just minutes from Warm Springs.  There are nearly 40 miles of hiking trails at FDR State Park - all are user friendly and offer great opportunities to experience the natural beauty of this mountain area, including unusual rock outcroppings, spectacular waterfalls and breathtaking views.   Roosevelt State Park is Georgia's largest state park and boasts one of the best hiking trails in the Southeast.  Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the park's facilities.  Open daily, year-round from 7 am to 10 pm.  For additional information call the State Park office at 706-663-4858 or 1-800-864-7275 or Georgia FDR Roosevelt State Park web site.

 

Pine Mountain Trail

Hike the Pine Mountain Trail, see Dowdell's Knob - President Roosevelt's favorite picnic spot - both located just minutes from Warm Springs, Ga

Experience the beauty of our mountains firsthand.  There are nearly 40 miles of trail in the Roosevelt State Park designated for hikers only.  While each part of the trail is interesting in its own right, Dowdell's Knob Loop, near the center of the trail, makes a great day hike and is popular for its views and historical backdrop.  The Wolf Den Loop is considered one of the most beautiful trails in the Southeast.  This loop travels past beaver dams, over Hogback Mountain and along the Mountain Creek Nature Trail, which features lots of interesting plant life.  Members and volunteers of the Pine Mountain Trail Association create these hiking trails and maintain them year-round.  For more information, call (706) 663-4858.  

 

 

Roosevelt  StablesSaddle up at Roosevelt Stables near Warm Springs, GA

Howdy partners! Yep, you got it right!  Welcome to Roosevelt Stables.  We offer one hour rides or overnight horse trails for the adventurous riders. We've got 20 miles of marked trails just waiting for you to enjoy.  We offer guided rides for the folks who use our horses and, new this year, trail maps for riders that bring their own mounts.  So come on, saddle up and have some fun!  For reservations or additional information call 706-628-7463.

 

Covered Bridges of Georgia

Like covered bridges? Then drive back in history...wander through scenic back roads of Georgia and explore these priceless historical icons!  Georgia has 15 covered bridges state wide and one is located near Red Oak Covered Bridge, one of Georgia's 15 covered bridges, is just minutes from Warm Springs Georgia Warm Springs.  Red Oak Creek (also known as Imlac Bridge)  located in Woodbury, GA, is open to traffic.  Built in the 1840s by Master Bridge Builder Horace King,  it is 253 feet long and was built using Town Truss Lattice.  Red Oak Creek is located approximately 9 miles north of Warm Springs via Georgia Hwy 85 on Covered Bridge Rd.   For additional information call 1-800-337-1927.

The Covered Bridge Trail of Georgia, Inc. was founded in 1998 to preserve and promote the last 15 of many covered bridges that once existed in Georgia.  All are nearing complete renovation and seven are open to car traffic.  This membership organization is open to anyone interested in finding out more about covered bridges and why they are so significant to American history.  For more than 4000 years, bridges were built the same way, until 1820 when Ithiel Town invented the Town Lattice truss.  Modern steel bridges built worldwide used the American covered bridge as a basis for the design of new bridges.  The State Visitor Headquarters of The Covered Bridge Trail of Georgia is located in Thomaston, Georgia.  For additional information call 1-706-646-4491 or 1-800-776-7974.

 

Wild Animal Safari

Enjoy hundreds of exotic animals from around the world.  See, feed and touch Giraffe, Llama, Buffalo, Elk, Deer, Antelope and more.  The Wild Animal Safari park is a short drive from Warm Springs, Ga

Treat yourself and your family to this unique, "hands-on" safari - visitors not only see but can touch and feed exotic animals from all over the world. Ride the "zebrabus" through the 500 acre park, pet and feed the free-roaming wild beasts, camels, giraffes, rhinos, water buffaloes, antelopes, zebras and other wildlife. Next, walk through Old McDonald's Farm, the Petting Zoo, the Monkey House and the Alligator Pit. A picnic area and restaurant are available for those who get hungry Bus tours and animal shows occur daily in summer and on weekends in the spring and fall. Special events and promotions go on all year.  For more information call 706-663-8744.

 

Butts Mill Farm

Relive the sights and sounds of how a farm operated before electricity at this restored 80 acre facility built in the mid 1800s. Watch the grist mill grind meal and see the refurbished cotton gin, both only retired since the 1940s. Visitors can also play with more than 120 domestic farm animals at the petting zoo, take a hayride around the farm, walk in the woods, wade in Turkey Creek, horseback ride or fish, or enjoy miniature golf. Butts Mill Farm is open daily from 10 am until 7:00 pm  (January 2 through March 16, 2007 open weekends only) and is located two miles west of Pine Mountain on Butts Mill Road, off Hwy. 27.

Big Bear Farm

Horse enthusiasts will enjoy Big Bear Farm, an impressive equine facility set on 420 rolling acres. Having served as the training site for both the 1996 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games, this horse farm offers something for everyone -- from those who want to learn to ride horses to those who just want to watch them. Riding lessons are offered for all levels and one to two week beginner camps are available throughout the year for those 10 and up. Big Bear Farm hosts several equestrian shows throughout the year which are free and open to the public. The facility is open all year and is located one and a half miles west of Pine Mountain on Butts Mill Road, off Hwy. 27.

 

Updated: Monday, December 01, 2014

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