The Dowdell Knob Loop Trail was a great trail. It was among my favorites. It had a little bit of everything, history, water and mountain views. It was also more suited to my fitness level. Most could handle this hike. The loop itself is around the peak that FDR used for his BBQ picnics. You can see why. The view from this spot is amazing.
The climbs here are relatively gentle, at least compared to the Wolfden Trail that neighbors this trail. The Pine Mountain Trail Association has maintained this trail nicely as well. This trail didn’t need the infrastructure that was required on the Wolfden Trail. Regardless, the trail was clear and well marked.
In addition to the views, there is a bit of history here as well. A B-25 on its way to Andrews AFB from Eglin AFB crashed on this mountain. Only one member of the crew survived. A bronze plaque marks the crash site.
This area didn’t have a lot of lunch choices. I did what Gorden Ramsey would do, follow the crowd. I found Eddie Mae’s Kountry Kitchen. They had the kind of fried chicken that only a grandmother can make. It didn’t look like much but the food was great. Give it a try.