Dowdell Knob was named after two pioneer Harris County settlers, Lewis & James Dowdell of Virginia ancestry, who settled there in 1828. The peak, and much of the land located in FD Roosevelt State Park, was owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt (the 32nd President of the United States). He often came to the nearby Warm Springs
to treat his polio, and would frequently come to the summit of Dowdell's Knob to relax and rest.
While the peak is located 100 feet away from the parking lot, the view from the summit is amazing, and one can easily see how Roosevelt would find comfort from his pains while relaxing on the summit. There is a nice 4.3 mile Loop Trail that goes around the summit. The loop trail is part of the larger Pine Mountain Trail built and maintained by the Pine Mountain Trail Association
For those who are into County Highpointing
, Dowdell's Knob is the county high point of Harris County.
From the intersection of GA 190 with US 27A/ GA 85A/ GA 116, take 190 West roughly 3.2 miles to the Harris/Meriwether county line where the spur road for Dowdell Knob turns off. Turn left (southwest) at this signed intersection and take the spur road to its end ~1.3 miles at the small parking lot for the picnic area.
Dowdell Knob is located within FD Roosevelt State Park
. Like all of the Georgia State Parks, there is a daily use fee for parking anywhere within the park. Annual Georgia Park Passes are good at all state parks such as FDR. The daily fee is $3.00 while the annual pass available from the park service (good for all Georgia State Parks) is for sale for $45.00.
For further information, you can contact the FDR park office for fee/permit rates and other information by calling 706-663-4858.
There are many back country spots to camp in the area, as well as cabins. Contact the Park Service (information below) to make reservations.
The Pine Mountain Trail Association
. All of the trails around the Pine Mountain area, and within the FDR wilderness, are maintained by the Pine Mountain Trail Association. A volunteer organization that makes maps, as well as builds and maintain over 23 miles of trails.
Official Home Page of FD Roosevelt State Park
2970 Ga. Highway 190
Pine Mountain , GA 31822
Reservations (800) 864-7275
Park (706) 663-4858
Stables local (706) 628-7463
Note: maps of this area are hard to find (see the additions and corrections section for details). The park office has an okay map that you can get for free. They also have a map for sale made by the Pine Mountain Trail Association that you can buy for $3.50. If you think you might want to do more in the area, I highly recommend getting the map as it is very detailed and high quality.
at Dowdell's Knob courtesy of weather.com