Southwest of Atlanta near Warm Springs in the Roosevelt State Park, the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail follows the contours of its namesake peak across the state park. Passing through hickory-oak forest on the ridgetops, the hiking trail descends to mixed stands of sweet gum, yellow poplar, and red maple in the moist coves. The trek is through quiet woods and rock outcroppings past misty waterfalls and sparkling streams. Spring brings wildflowers and dogwoods, while summer has lush ferns and lowland flowers.
This blue-blazed route passes 13 primitive backcountry campsites are spaced along the trail, including Bumblebee Ridge, near plunging Slippery Rock Falls. In addition to the main 23 mile trail, there are also six side loops: Overlook (3.4mi), Mountain Creek (3.2mi), Long Leaf (6.9mi), Big Poplar (7.8mi), Dowd Knob (4.3mi) and Wolf Den (6.7mi).
To reach the hiking trailhead from Atlanta, take I-85 south (toward Columbus/Montgomery). About 59 miles south of Atlanta, take I-185 south toward Columbus and FDR State Park. Exit I-185 at exit 34 for SR18 east toward Pine Mountain 6.7 miles. At the junction of SR18 and SR354 go straight on SR354 for 3.9 miles to SR190. The western trailhead is near the park entrance on SR190 across from the Country Store. Leave a second car at the parking area on SR 85 in Warm Springs.