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!
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
Over 60 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.
For additional information on area attractions, call the Welcome
Center at (706) 655-3322 or 1-800-337-1927.
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
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
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.
Unfortunately 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
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
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".
The Little White House
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,
Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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