Established in December 1936, Ocmulgee National Monument traces more than 10 millennia of native Southeastern culture, including Mississippian mounds. From Ice age hunters to the Creek Indians of historic times, there is evidence of at least 10,000 years of human habitation. Between 900 and 1150, an elite society supported by skillful farmers lived on this site near the Ocmulgee River.

I have this trail 5 stars primarily because it is the best maintained trail system in the Macon area and it allows me to cover a lot of distance without hiking the same trail multiple times. I use this trail system to work on my hiking distance and speed. I highly recommend this trail for people like myself who are training for multi-day thru-hikes. Great place to cover some miles and test out your gear.

hiking
2 months ago

Great park and trails. Was able to complete 4.5 miles within the confines of the park. Such an important and sobering National Historic Monument. Please be careful, though, as we came across two large rattlesnakes while hiking to McDougal Mound.

hiking
Saturday, March 05, 2016

Very nice, clean and safe to get some exercise. The trails are beautiful!!!!!!!

hiking
Monday, July 06, 2015

This trail is really waaayyyy out there. No cell service so we could not track the hike. It is an easy hike flat for the most part. The trail looked to be primarily a horse trail. We were disappointed that a trail named for a river only provided a couple of brief glimpses of a river. We heard birds but were unable to spot any in the dense tree tops. The only things were were able to spot were a couple of interesting bugs and orb spiders everywhere. Needed a stick to get through the webs. All in all I have to say, it was a nice walk in the woods but I am able to spot more wildlife in my back yard.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

really gets one out there...saw plenty of horse trailers. but they must have went the other way.. did not see anyone else out..a warm day for Feb...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Primarily used for HORSEBACK RIDING. Trail can be accessed from either Hunt Camp off Fire Road 1099 or from Horse Camp on Smithville Church Road. Miles and Miles of trails. Have been riding and camping up here since 2000.

hiking
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Great spot for a day hike on well maintained trails. I took the main trail to the grand temple mound, as well as the river trail, the loop trail, then took the Bertram trail back to the visitors center (about 3.7 miles). The river trails had two spots virtually underwater and numerous sections of mud, but it had been raining a lot recently. I wouldn't recommend white tennis shoes for that portion of the trail. In addition to the historic sites, numerous bird sightings, turtles, skinks, and a snake near the river. Good views of downtown Macon from the top of the temple mound. Will hopefully go back to take some of the other trails to different mounds. FYI - dogs are welcomed at the park, but please clean up after them.

walking
Saturday, March 30, 2013

walking
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Very easy trail and interesting artifacts in the lodges. A little short and is accessable for wheel chair folks.

hiking
Sunday, November 18, 2012

An easy trail if you don't walk up the mound. Once you walk over the bridge that crosses the railroad turn right and head down into the gully. There is some wetland there with tree birds of birds. Once you walk out of the shelter of the trees you will be back on the road. Walk up to the mounds or skirt around and take the trail that loops around the swamp. When we there we saw herons and other birds as well as an abundance of turtles. This trail will also branch off to a trail that takes you to the Ocmulgee River. We have not taken that trail yet. If you stay on the loop trail it will eventually you lead you back to the parking lot at the visitors center.

walking
Saturday, November 10, 2012