Azalea Bowl

Location: West Central Georgia
Trip Starts: Azalea Bowl Parking Area
Trip Ends: Azalea Bowl Parking Area
Total Distance: 1.2 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Trails Used: Azalea Bowl Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
Trip Type: Day Hike
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Calloway Gardens
17800 US Hwy 27
Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822
Tel: 706-663-2281


Callaway Gardens is a 13,000-acre luxurious resort that is located a short distance from Columbus, Georgia. It is well-known for it’s four distinctive gardens and a host of outdoor activities which include hiking, swimming, fishing, tennis, golf and even organized shooting events. The gardens were named for the mother of founder Cason J. Callaway, and were created to promote and protect native azalea species. The property opened on May 21, 1952 as the Ida Cason Gardens, and includes a number of lakes, a golf course, and a scenic drive that still circles the property and provides access to the impressive gardens at the resort.

During our stay, we did a 1.2 mile loop in the Azalea Bowl but missed the coveted spring blooms which happened a month earlier. Regardless, the route has outstanding views across a lake, is extremely well-maintained (even paved in parts), and passes numerous species of Azaleas as the route winds down, across a small bridge, and around the lake.

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