Canoeing and Kayaking in Pine Mountain

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Canoeing and Kayaking

Flint River Outdoor Center. About 45 minutes from Pine Mountain between Thomaston and Columbus is the Flint River Outdoor Center, with 10 mi of river courses where you can test your skills in everything from a float tube to kayaks running Class II rapids. Some expeditions include an overnight stay at their campsite. 4429 Woodland Rd., Rte. 36 at Flint River, Thomaston, GA, 30286. 706/647–2633. www.flintriveroutdoorcenter.com.

Horseback Riding

Roosevelt Stables. The mountain terrain makes the Pine Mountain area an interesting place for horseback riding. Roosevelt Stables, in Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, has 28 mi of trails and offers everything from one-hour rides to overnight trips complete with cowboy breakfasts. 1063 Group Camp Rd., Pine Mountain, GA, 31822. 706/628–7463. www.rooseveltstables.com.

Stretch Your Legs

Pine Mountain Trail is a favorite of the nearly 40 miles of trails in Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park that are designated for hikers only. Although each part of the trail is interesting in its own right, Dowdell's Knob Loop, near the center, makes a great day hike at 4.7 miles. The 6.5-mile Wolfden Loop is another beautiful part of the trail, traveling past beaver dams, over Hogback Mountain, and along the Mountain Creek Nature Trail, which features all manner of plant life. Trail maps are available at the State Park office and at Callaway Gardens Country Store.

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