Fearing Nothing But Fear Itself in Pine Mountain, Georgia
It isn't difficult to see why Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the USA, loved to retreat here for picnics far, far away from the burdens of the White House. The panoramic view from the Knob isn't breathtaking so much as it is sublime, pastoral even, with farms and animals dotting the landscape below. The drive along the FDR Route and the view from up top are particularly lovely in the fall, when the richly hued leaves glow in the sunlight. FDR, well a statue of him, sits in repose on a stone bench, leg braces and all, approachable, welcoming, friendlier, and warmer than he is in his wheelchair and a Navy cape at the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC. Although FDR, paralyzed from polio at the age of 39, could never hike at Pine Mountain, you can take the Dowdell Knob Loop Trail, which winds its way around the mountain for about six miles. Or perhaps you might try just the eastern half, which takes you, at some point, cliffside and then down into a small wooded valley with a waterfall that trickles down into several small pools, a perfect spot for a picnic. A sense of history and beauty pervades Dowdell Knob and nearby Warm Springs, home of the Little White House, if only you have the patience and perspective to look for it.