Get Outdoors at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Posted on: September 17, 2021

NOTICE: Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park has been closed until further notice. 

Feeling the sun on your face, smelling fresh grass, getting the blood flowing on a leisurely hike, and enjoying a picnic outdoors are just a few experiences you can have at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.With over 700 acres to explore, including 6 miles of hiking trails, it is a great way to get some fresh air and explore nearly 17,000 years of history. The Paleo-Indians first came to Middle Georgia during the Ice Age. Around 1000 B.C.E, the first nomadic hunters and gathers settled into small villages growing crops. Then, around 900 C.E., a new culture arrived know as Mississippians who constructed the mounds and thrived here until around 1600. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation call this land their ancestral homeland.

This rich history can still be seen in the seven different mounds throughout the park like the Great Temple Mound. Built between 900 – 1100 AD, it’s the largest mound at the park and offers a beautiful view of downtown Macon when you make it to the top. Explore the other 6 mounds as well including the Funeral Mound, Southeast Mound, and Lesser Temple Mound. The Earth Lodge, one of the park’s most popular attractions, was once the Counsel or Ceremonial Chamber of the Mississippian people. Although the interior is temporarily closed (along with the Visitor Center), the outside is impressive as well with a large wooden entrance.

A short walk from the Earth Lodge, see Ocmulgee’s emergent wetlands where diverse birds, plants, animals, and reptiles call home. Take in all of these wonderful sites while walking along 8 miles of hiking trails. With trails ranging from ¼ mile to 1 ¾ miles, there is a trail for everyone to enjoy. Bring your furry friends along too! Pets are allowed as long as they’re leashed at all times. Get outside and take in the wide open spaces of Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.

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