The Pine Mountain Trail is a 23 mile trail that travels across the majority of Pine Mountain Range, an elevated tract of land located in southwest Georgia. The ridge is the southernmost area of land in the eastern US that is higher than 1000 feet above sea level, and in fact, the ridge's high point, Dowdell Knob, that this hike visits, is nearly 1400 feet high. The ridge stretches from Lake Harding on the AL/GA border to the Flint River near Thomaston. This hike occurred on Saturday, November 7, 2015. My plan was to follow the Pine Mountain Trail from Hines Gap Road over Dowdell Knob to the second junction with Boottop Trail. I would then return via the Boottop Trail.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park is an exception to the ecosystems and land in South Georgia. The park, known as the largest in Georgia, protects a low ridgeline called "Pine Mountain", which is also the route of the 21-mile Pine Mountain Trail. Most of the hikes there are easy, but some of them provide nice views and a relaxing walk in the woods, like the one described in this post. This hike occurred on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. My plan was to hike the Big Poplar Loop counter-clockwise from the Fox Den Cove Parking Area. I would start off by following the Pine Mountain Trail west, although I would take the Sawtooth Trail shortly to connect back with the Pine Mountain Trail at the Mollyhugger Hill Parking Area. From here, I'd follow the PMT back to Fox Den Cove.
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