FORT BENNING, Ga., (Dec. 11, 2013) -- The great thing about living in the Chattahoochee Valley is living next to Georgia's largest state park with more than 9,000 acres -- F. D. Roosevelt State Park. I took off on the Winter Tree Walk this past weekend -- a one-mile guided walk. It was cold, and had rained that morning but it's all part of the experience of being outdoors, so don't let that detour you.

The park and the Pine Mountain Trail Association offer plenty of guided walks and hikes for beginners, Families and experienced hikers. Or, if you think you've got what it takes, explore the park on your own or with a group of friends. There are more than 40 miles of trails, including 23 miles of Pine Mountain Trail.

If you are new to hiking, it's important to be prepared. Make sure you have water and wear comfortable shoes.
If you plan on taking longer hikes, deeper into the land -- here are a few items you should take with you: a map of the area, which can be found at the main office; flashlight; first-aid kit, snacks, sunglasses.

You can also camp, rent a log cabin, fish, geocache, visit the Little White House Historic Site and there are many more activities and events for all ages. The park is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday and it's free, other than a $5 parking fee. For more information, call 706-663-4858 or visit