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As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Pine Harbor, GA, is for your family.

At Liberty Heating & Air, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.

When you choose Liberty Heating & Air, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.

We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Pine Harbor, GA.

Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Pine Harbor, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.

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Why Choose Liberty Heating & Air?

We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.

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Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Air over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.

Fair Pricing

Fair Pricing

We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Air, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Pine Harbor, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Year-Round Discounts

Year-Round Discounts

With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Pine Harbor has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.

Emergency Service

Emergency Service

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Pine Harbor, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing:

When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.

Air Conditioning Repair in Pine Harbor, GA

Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Air is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.

We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.

Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Pine Harbor and the surrounding area:

  • Electrical repair
  • Compressor Repair
  • Refrigerant Leaks
  • Refrigerant Recharges
  • Replace Blower Motor
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Common Signs That
You Need AC Repair in
Pine Harbor, GA

Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Air, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.

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Loud, Unusual Noises

Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.

Strong-Odors
Strong Odors

If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.

Refrigerant or Water Leaks
Refrigerant or Water Leaks

Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.

Heater Repair in
Pine Harbor, GA

South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Pine Harbor can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Air a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.

Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:

  • No Heat
  • Thermostat Malfunction
  • Heat Pump Replacement
  • Ignition and Pilot Problems
  • Noisy Heater
  • Emergency Services
  • Much More!
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Common Signs That You Need Furnace Repair in Pine Harbor, GA

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Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Air, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.

As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:

Expensive Heating Bill

You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Pine Harbor. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.

Uneven Heating
Uneven-Heating

Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.

Unhealthy Air Quality
Unhealthy Air Quality

If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Air.

New AC Installation
in Pine Harbor, GA

You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.

As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.

Curious when it might be time for a new A/C system?

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

Dusty Furniture

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If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.

High Humidity

 HVAC Repair Services Pine Harbor, GA

If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.

Frequent Repairs

 HVAC Services Pine Harbor, GA

When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.

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Marina development objectors silenced

An Auckland marina developer threatened local residents with legal action if they didn't withdraw their opposition to a new neighbouring development plan.Over two days in early May, Auckland Council held a resource consent hearing for Empire Capital's proposed development of east Auckland's Pine Harbour Marina.The Beachlands development is interchangeably referred to as 190 Jack Lachlan Drive or L175 Pine Harbour.Empire Capital's Simon and Paula Herbert paid $22 million for the 570-berth marina in 2015.REA...

An Auckland marina developer threatened local residents with legal action if they didn't withdraw their opposition to a new neighbouring development plan.

Over two days in early May, Auckland Council held a resource consent hearing for Empire Capital's proposed development of east Auckland's Pine Harbour Marina.

The Beachlands development is interchangeably referred to as 190 Jack Lachlan Drive or L175 Pine Harbour.

Empire Capital's Simon and Paula Herbert paid $22 million for the 570-berth marina in 2015.

READ MORE: * Deadline looms for submissions on residential development at marina * Release all legal advice around proposed marina deal, says councillors * West Harbour residents speak out against proposed development

The council initially received 43 public submissions opposing the proposed commercial and residential development.

Two submissions were in support and three were neutral, although one of these asked council to "reject this proposal in total".

Council documents show that three of the submitters later asked council to either withdraw or reverse their opposition after being contacted by Empire Capital's development manager David Boersen.

One submitter wrote: "I have just received a very threatening letter from a Mr David Boersen of Empire Capital Limited regarding our submission."

The letter goes on to say Boersen told the couple they had a legal obligation to the landowners of Pine Harbour Marina.

"We would like you [council] to remove our objection application forthwith," the submission continued.

Another submitter said they were seeking legal advice after Boersen made contact. They later changed their position from opposer to supporter.

The third, written by owners of a restaurant at the marina, initially said rent hikes were already hurting existing businesses and the development put Pine Harbour at risk of becoming a 'ghost town' like Gulf Harbour Marina, at Whangaparaoa.

A month later the couple sent the council two urgent emails, reversing their position.

An obligation to support the development appears to relate to an encumbrance placed on land abutting the marina.

However, Stuff was unable to contact Boersen for comment.

Submitters approached by Stuff for comment said they were unable to talk due to legal restraints.

The two supporting submissions came from the Pine Harbour Trustee Company Ltd and Pine Harbour Marina Management Ltd.

According to the resource application documents, Empire Capital seeks to construct four buildings, each consisting of three levels, and standing a maximum height of nine metres above ground.

It also wants to "upgrade an existing public footpath, upgrade an existing private road, [remove] trees and construct a pedestrian and cycle path".

It's understood prices for the residences start from $1.635 million.

Other opposing submissions raised concerns about the removal of native trees, the ramifications on marina berth holders, loss of car parking for boaties and ferry users, increased bore water draw, and the proximity of the development to the sea wall.

In reply to the opposition, Empire Capital said in its closing legal submission that the submitters have no other 'privileges' over the applicant's land other than a right to access their berths over it.

"In fact, the development site is private land and the applicant is perfectly entitled to fence it off today and exclude marina berth license holders from using it in any way."

Empire Capital is also trying to buy parts of council-owned Hobsonville Marina at West Harbour, which it already leases under the name Hobsonville Marina Ltd, and owns North Shore's Bayswater Marina.

A decision on the proposed Pine Harbour Marina development is due by June 8.

9 Christmas Light Displays In Georgia That Are Pure Magic

Ahh, the magic of the holidays. It is no secret that the majority of Georgians love the holidays, especially when you see just how many partake in their own home decorating. However, there are plenty of places you can visit in the state that showcase purely magical Christmas light displays, filled with joy and festivity. If you are wondering where to find the best Christmas lights in Georgia, take a look at these and start get...

Ahh, the magic of the holidays. It is no secret that the majority of Georgians love the holidays, especially when you see just how many partake in their own home decorating. However, there are plenty of places you can visit in the state that showcase purely magical Christmas light displays, filled with joy and festivity. If you are wondering where to find the best Christmas lights in Georgia, take a look at these and start getting excited!

Note: Before heading out to any holiday attraction, check out the website for days and hours, and to confirm it is operating during the current holiday season.

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Now if you’re ever wondering where the best Christmas lights in Georgia are, you know just where to go. What do you think are the best Christmas light displays in Georgia? Let us know in the comments! Then, if you’re interested in more holiday cheer, maybe check out of of the top 10 Christmas Towns In Georgia.

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Are there a lot of Christmas lights in Georgia?

You certainly won’t have a tough time finding Christmas light displays in Georgia. If you just can’t get enough of them, you might even want to hit the road on an epic Christmas lights road trip in Georgia. Your epic holiday adventure will take you to such magical destinations as the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, which boasts millions of lights dotting five acres. You can either walk or drive through the display. Callaway Gardens, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the TMT Farm Christmas Lights Drive-Thru are all on this one-of-a-kind holiday itinerary.

Is there a Christmas light show near me?

Chances are, no matter where you live in the state, you’ll be within easy driving distance of some of the best Christmas light displays in Georgia. If you like epic, you’ll absolutely love the World of Illumination in Marietta – the largest animated light show in the world. The drive-thru light display boasts more than two-million shimmering lights, including a slew of interactive light displays. Drive past such whimsical displays as snowmen, Christmas canes, and Christmas gifts. Turn up the holiday tunes and meander through this two-mile Christmas light display in Georgia. Admission is per vehicle.

Are there any Christmas events in Georgia?

We can find so many Christmas events in Georgia that our schedules are sure to be jam-packed all season long. Don’t forget to visit some of the most magical Christmastime towns in Georgia, too. Helen, for example, will take you on a stroll back in time, and you definitely don’t want to miss its one-of-a-kind Christkindlmarkt. With its elegant Victorian homes all decked out for the holidays, Madison’s a must visit during the Christmas season. Savannah, Thomasville, and Blue Ridge also provide picture-perfect destinations anytime of the year but particularly during Christmas.

Increased Pine Harbour ferry services could be months away

Commuters using a popular East Auckland ferry service are being left stranded on the wharf because of full boats.That's amid growing frustration at news that increased sailings from Pine Harbour to downtown Auckland could be months away.Pohutukawa Coast Community Association chairman Kane Glass says overcrowding on the service at peak times will put people off."If we keep having people turned away at peak hours it's going to be harder to bring them back to use the service," he says."The idea is to h...

Commuters using a popular East Auckland ferry service are being left stranded on the wharf because of full boats.

That's amid growing frustration at news that increased sailings from Pine Harbour to downtown Auckland could be months away.

Pohutukawa Coast Community Association chairman Kane Glass says overcrowding on the service at peak times will put people off.

"If we keep having people turned away at peak hours it's going to be harder to bring them back to use the service," he says.

"The idea is to have an attractive service that brings more people in."

Glass says the ferry service is important for the growing area around Beachlands, with many people working in the city and central areas.

A survey conducted by the community association last year found commuters were missing services in the morning and in the afternoon from downtown Auckland.

The majority of people wanted frequent trips, weekend services and late nights on Fridays.

The figures presented to the Franklin Local Board echoed results in an Auckland Transport survey about the service.

The results of the two surveys saw AT propose a timetable for the service.

But Beachlands resident Colin Espiner says users are being left in the dark over the proposed changes.

He says commuters haven't heard anything since consultation ended in November.

"We were told the new timetable was being implemented in early January, but we have passed that point now."

He says commuters need some reassurance as daily users pay more than $100 a week to commute.

Espiner says he's heard anecdotally the delay could be down to funding the services.

"One of the SeaLink guys put it as Auckland Transport 'wanting champagne service on a beer budget'."

The service operator, SeaLink, launched a new vessel, Clipper V, at the end of 2015 to deal with capacity issues.

But there's still concern the situation could be worse when university students return in March.

Pine Harbour Marina manager Kent Russell calls it "March Madness".

He says a shuttle bus service needs to be explored in the future, especially for visitors to the area as they have no way of getting into Beachlands from the marina.

Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan says commercial discussions are ongoing between AT and SeaLink, with the aim of starting the new timetable by autumn.

Blue Water Adds Popular Virginia Campground to Portfolio

OCEAN CITY, Md., Jan. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Real estate developer and outdoor hospitality specialist Blue Water has recently expanded its partnership with Sun Outdoors with the acquisition of ...

OCEAN CITY, Md., Jan. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Real estate developer and outdoor hospitality specialist Blue Water has recently expanded its partnership with Sun Outdoors with the acquisition of Tall Pines Harbor Campground in Temperanceville, Va., in November. This property, recognized as the ARVC National Park of the Year in 2018, features nearly 300 sites with a mixture of cabins, safari tents, RV sites and tent sites.

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"We're so excited about the addition of Tall Pines Harbor to our portfolio of campgrounds on the Delmarva Peninsula and Virginia's Eastern Shore," said Todd Burbage, Blue Water's CEO. "It's an exceptional campground with a long and rich tradition for creating family camping memories and we're excited to take it to the next level."

With water trike rentals, kayaks, horseshoes, gaga ball, and the ability to go fishing, crabbing, and bird watching, families are bound to find something they will love on vacation at Tall Pines Harbor. Guests can enjoy a splash park, pool, jumping pillow, arcade and more at this property that is open from March through November. Right on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Tall Pines Harbor offers guests the opportunity to explore nearby attractions, such as NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, the Delmarva Discovery Center and Chincoteague Island.

Tall Pines Harbor joins recent acquisitions in Texas and Florida as part of Blue Water's rapidly expanding and diverse portfolio of properties. The company is looking forward to adding even more managed properties, owned assets, and new developments to their portfolio, all while upholding the nationally recognized and respected Blue Water standard.

"We're excited about growing, but even more so about how we are growing," said Burbage. "We're adding great campgrounds in fantastic destinations. We're looking forward to adding Blue Water's signature customer service culture to these properties helping our campers and glampers create family memories that will last them a lifetime."

Learn more and book reservations at https://www.campspot.com/book/tall-pines-harbor?_ga=2.230466651.694789322.1641994643-1545441142.1641832822.

About Blue Water:Founded by Jack and Todd Burbage in 2002, Blue Water specializes in investing, developing, and managing RV resorts, campgrounds, hotels, and attractions. Blue Water's integrated approach to marketing, revenue management, and operations has quickly established itself as a hospitality industry leader. With two dozen resort-area properties in East Coast states from Maine to Florida, and west to Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas, the Blue Water family is committed to creating elite assets, delivering exceptional guest experiences, and enhancing the communities we serve. To learn more, visit BWDC.com.

About Sun Outdoors:Sun Outdoors is a leader in outdoor hospitality and committed to its mission of offering guests exceptional and transformative outdoor experiences. With over 175 locations across the U.S. and Ontario, Canada, Sun Outdoors offers guests several ways to stay: from RV sites to vacation rentals, from tent camping to glamping, whether they stay for a weekend, season or longer. Visit www.sunoutdoors.com to learn more.

Sun Outdoors is a division of Sun Communities Inc., a publicly traded company which, as of September 30, 2021, owns, operates and has an interest in 584 developed manufactured home, RV and marina properties comprising over 155,900 developed sites and nearly 44,900 wet slips and dry storage spaces in 38 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Sun Communities is a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: SUI. www.suncommunities.com.

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Pine Mountain is an unusual part of Georgia

IF YOU GOAt 9,049 acres, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park near Warm Springs is Georgia’s largest state park, occupying most of Pine Mountain in Middle Georgia.One of FDR’s favorite places to relax and picnic was Dowdell’s Knob, the mountain’s highest point. Roosevelt first came to nearby Warm Springs in 1924 seeking therapy for his debilitating polio-like illness in the warm mineral spring water. In 1927, Roosevelt bought the 2,000-acre Warm Springs resort and turned it into a treatment center for himsel...

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At 9,049 acres, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park near Warm Springs is Georgia’s largest state park, occupying most of Pine Mountain in Middle Georgia.

One of FDR’s favorite places to relax and picnic was Dowdell’s Knob, the mountain’s highest point. Roosevelt first came to nearby Warm Springs in 1924 seeking therapy for his debilitating polio-like illness in the warm mineral spring water. In 1927, Roosevelt bought the 2,000-acre Warm Springs resort and turned it into a treatment center for himself and other polio victims.

He also liked nearby Pine Mountain so much he kept coming back, not only for therapy but also to escape the stress of Washington.

Today, the park is crisscrossed by an extensive trail network offering plenty of options for day hikes or overnight backpacking trips, including the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail, which can be accessed at many different points as it traverses the park.

Many park structures, including the stone cottages, were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program started by Roosevelt to provide jobs during the Great Depression.

Twenty-one cabins and 109 campsites are available. A $5 parking fee is charged at all state parks.

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park. 2970 Ga. 190, Pine Mountain. 706-663-4858, www.gastateparks.org /FDR.

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One of Georgia’s most unusual mountains, Pine Mountain is where you wouldn’t expect a mountain to be — 80 miles southwest of Atlanta in Middle Georgia, near where the rolling piedmont region meets up with the flat, sandy coastal plain.

The 1,395-foot-high peak is the southernmost mountain in the eastern U.S. But it’s perhaps best known for being the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park near Warm Springs. Drawn by the mountain’s great beauty and serenity, the late president often found solace there during World War II.

Pine Mountain also draws legions of botanists and geologists, who marvel over its amazing biological diversity and geology. Because of its location, the mountain is a geographical crossroads. Its variety of habitats — dry ridge tops, moist valleys, savannah-like openings, springs, perennial streams, small glades — support a mixture of mountain and coastal plain plants, and both piedmont and coastal plain animals.

The ridge tops harbor stands of longleaf pine, which gives the mountain its name. On a slope stands a small grove of American chestnuts, a remnant of the great chestnut forest that once covered the Eastern seaboard.

“On Pine Mountain, you have mountain laurel right next to titi (a shrub of the coastal plain),” said Leslie Edwards, a geosciences professor at Georgia State University. “That’s amazing.”

She is a co-editor of “Natural Communities of Georgia,” a detailed guide to Georgia’s natural environments. She recently teamed up with geologist Bill Witherspoon for a talk and a hike to explain Pine Mountain’s natural richness. I jumped at the chance to go.

Witherspoon, who teaches at Fernbank Science Center, is a co-author of the book “Roadside Geology of Georgia.” Pine Mountain, he noted, was formed mainly from Hollis quartzite, an extremely hard metamorphic rock formed when sandstone was laid down on the ocean bottom and was altered by immense heat and pressure beginning around 250 million years ago.

In the sky: The moon, now in new phase, will be a thin crescent low in the west just after dark Saturday evening, said David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer. Venus rises out of the east about two hours before dawn. Mars is in the south at sunset. Jupiter is low in the west at dusk and sets in the west about an hour later. Jupiter will appear near the moon just after dark Saturday night. Saturn is in the east at dusk.

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