Harris County High Point Trip Report

Dowdell Knob (1,395 ft)

Date: April 8, 2000
Author: Fred Lobdell

Dowdell Knob, the high point of Harris County, is a spot where Franklin Roosevelt used to go for picnics, both before and during his tenure as President. The knob commands excellent views to the east and south, and is still a picnic area, now open to the public. It is part of Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, as are the high points of Meriwether and Talbot Counties, located nearby. State highway 190 passes through the park and follows a ridge line for several miles, almost giving one the feeling of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

From the intersection of GA 190 with US 27A/GA 85A/GA 116, take 190 west about 3.2 miles to the Harris/Meriwether county line where the spur road for Dowdell Knob turns off. Turn left (southwest) at this signed intersection and take the spur road to its end in 1.3 miles at the small parking lot for the picnic area.

The highest area is a hundred feet or so uphill from the grill. Ron Tagliapietra reported finding a bench mark in this area; however, I was in a hurry and didn't spend much time looking for it.