If you enjoy exploring and learning about ancient Native America Mound cultures, Civil War Battles and a variety of natural habits you should add the “Ocmulgee National Monument” in Macon, Georgia to your “must see” travel list.
Ocmulgee National Monument
The “Ocmulgee National Monument” contains the only known North American example of a Native American spiral mound as well as other prehistoric Indian mounds, remnants of the circa 1800’s Fort Hawkins Trading Post, over 5 miles of hiking trails through 3 different habitats, a visitor’s center and museum, gift shop, and a wetland boardwalk trail.
The museum contains well over 2,000 relics that span from the pre-9,000 B.C Paleo Indian era upwards into the 1800’s and beyond.
Highlights of the exhibits include 12,00 year old Clovis spear points from the Ice Age and fragments of utilitarian items prevalent during the Mississippian Period.
Hours of Operation and Admission
The “Ocmulgee National Monument” is open daily year round from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm except for both Christmas and New Year’s Days. Entrance into the “Ocmulgee National Monument” is free except when there is a special event going on inside the park.
Junior Ranger Program
Children ages 2 and older are encouraged to participate in the “Ocmulgee National Monument’s Junior Ranger Program.” The program materials are available by age group on the park’s website for download.
Those that complete the program booklet are to mail it to the park staff and in return they will receive an official “Junior Ranger” badge and certificate suitable for framing.
Educational Teacher Program
The “Ocmulgee National Monument” has a free student activity resource disk available for teachers, students and homeschoolers. The disk contains lesson plans related to the park’s history and geology as well as a 400 page teacher activity guide. Details on the teacher program are available on the park’s website.
2011 Annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration
On September 17th and 18th, 2011 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm each day, the “Ocmulgee National Monument” will be holding its’ “Annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration.”
Admission into the celebration is $5.00 per adult and $2.00 per child between the ages of 6 through 11. Children age 5 and under will be admitted into the event for free.
Highlights of the event will include Native American storytelling, tribal dancing, tribal music, children’s activities, food vendors and demonstrations.
2014 Sesquicentennial of Civil War Battles of Dunlap Hill and Walnut Creek
As part of the state-wide commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the “Ocmulgee National Monument” will be holding an event that will honor both of the Civil War battles that occurred within the National Park’s grounds; Dunlap Hill and Walnut Creek.
Additional information about the Civil War commemorative event will be provided by the park staff at a later date.
Things to know before you Go
It is imperative to note that the rare, 20 foot tall “Lamar Site’s Spiral Mound” is only accessible with ranger assistance during certain parts of the year when water levels are low.
Those that are interested in taking a guided tour of the spiral mound should make advance reservations through the park ranger’s office.
Ocmulgee National Monument
1207 Emery Highway
Macon, GA 31217
Those travelers who would like more information on the things to see and do in and around the Macon, Georgia area should log onto the state’s tourism website.