History. That is what this campground and its surroundings are all about. Such a beautiful campground and we think we had the best site in the whole park. Right on Lake Delano, in the trees and not to mention, plenty of squirrels to entertain us. This is the lake Mike caught his first fish -- a 15" catfish. Threw it back in because he didn't want to clean the ugly thing and I surely wasn't going to cook it. This park was built by the CC Corp that Franklin D Roosevelt put in action during his days as President to create jobs during the great depression of the 1920's. We took a tour of his Little White House which he used as a retreat in the great Pine Mountain area. It was the house he died in as he was sitting for a portrait being painted of him which was never finished. There was a Flag lined walkway with each of the state's flag, their date of becoming a state and their native stone. We also visited Warm Springs where he built his spring fed therapeutic pools for his paralysis from polio which he opened up to many with the same disease including children which he loved. On another day we spent at his stone built olympic size swimming pool as the temperatures again reached in the 90's. We also visited his favorite picnic area overlooking the valley from Pine Mountain called Dowdell's Knob. There we had a picnic and enjoyed the peacefulness and beauty surrounding us. My favorite excursion was Calloway Gardens. Callaway Gardens is a spectacular 35,000-square-foot complex nestled on 13,000 acres of beautiful Georgia countryside in the Appalachian Mountains. Home of the world’s largest azalea display, one of North America’s biggest butterfly conservatories, and a magnificent vegetable garden where PBS’ “The Victory Garden” is filmed. We took the bike trail (10 miles) around and through the whole grounds ending at Robin Lake where we gladly took a swim to cool off after our ride. There were two 18 hole golf courses, nature trails, horticultural center, a discovery center, lodge, villas & cottages to stay in. You can play tennis, fish, water ski or do the Ropes course. Something for everyone and within the beauty of nature itself. Our last full day at camp we decided to take a scenic drive on the Georgia Scenic Byway. There we visited the towns of Manchester, Molena, Gay and Woodbury. Sites we saw were UFO Satellites (so feel safe because the Georgians are looking out for you), the flat shoals, where the Cotton Pickin' Fair is, and the Historic Covered Bridge. So I believe we have pretty much covered the whole area before we said good-bye and headed to our next stop, De Sota State Park in Ft. Payne, Alabama to find the lost luggage in nearby Scotsboro.
websites to visit: http://www.callawaygardens.com/gardens/georgia-gardens.aspx