Ocmulgee National Monument: An Unforgettable Living-History Journey

I love the Ocmulgee National Monument!  It is one of those places that just has everything you need for a fun day with the family.  It has 6 miles of hiking trails, an awesome visitor center, and Mississippian Indian mounds — one you can go inside, and ones you can climb.  I mean, this place is an actual prehistoric American Indian site!  It’s a can’t-miss.

Ocmulgee National Monument: An Unforgettable Living-History Journey

The Ocmulgee National Monument is located in Macon about 5 minutes off of I-16.  If you were spending a day in central Georgia, or traveling down to Savannah, this is a great stop.  Did I mention it’s FREE?  It is!

Ocmulgee has picnic tables, so we often bring our lunch and eat before getting started.  The visitor center is awesome — it has so many artifacts to look at, and a lot of interactive exhibits for the kids.  There are so many things to learn about! The kids love sitting in the replica Earth Lodge, looking at all of the miniature recreations, and they love the “touch table” where they can feel and identify different types of animal fur.  It’s a really neat place, and it’s one of our kids’ favorite things about Ocmulgee.

dsc_0344

After the visitor center, we head out — it’s a half mile to walk from the Visitor Center to the Great Temple Mound — and it’s a great paved hike. One of my favorite things about this hike, is that there is so much space for kids to run and explore along the way.  This walk will take you past the popular points of interest — the Earth Lodge, Trading Post site, and Great and Lesser Temple Mounds, and it’s just gorgeous. (You can also directly drive to the Great and Lesser Temple Mounds if you’d prefer.)

The first stop is the Earth Lodge.  The Earth Lodge is hands down, my kids’ favorite place to visit.  I still remember visiting with my grandparents when I was a kid.  It is a really memorable adventure. This one is super unique, because you can actually walk inside this one and see the original floor, which is approximately 1000 years old!  It’s super neat — it definitely feels like you’ve just walked back in time.  You can press a button to hear all about it while you’re in the glass viewing room.  The Earth Lodge is the reason we love the Ocmulgee National Monument so much!

dsc_0235

The Great Temple Mound is the big draw, because it’s just so tall and you can look out over Macon from the top.  It’s really gorgeous and peaceful up there.  I think my son just thought that mound was there for his imagination — he spent so much time up there!  The Lesser Temple Mound is also in the same area, along with several other mounds.  There is so much to explore!

If you’re interested in hiking, you can join the Opelofa Trail (a 1 mile loop) next to the Great Temple Mound.  This easy trail takes you through a wetland area, and is just a really pretty trail.  The River Trail (1 mile) is also here, and it takes you over a pretty boardwalk before winding through a wooded area.  We always walk on the boardwalk – it’s just such a neat area, and the kids think it’s their own personal raceway.

dsc_0306

I could gush about how great this place is forever — it’s a unique and interesting stop, and a great way to spend a couple of hours.  We highly recommend it!

Follow us here: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube

All articles belong to 365 Atlanta Family LLC, and all photos belong to us as well, unless otherwise noted. It’s all copyrighted. Please don’t repost anything elsewhere without asking me first. All rights reserved. This site uses cookies to enhance your experience.

We make no guarantees of any price listed on our site. We are not responsible for content on external web sites linked from ours, including linked resources, an external blog post, any partner site, hotel property sites, or affiliate sites. We only write about places we love in an attempt to help you in your adventures, but we can’t guarantee you will love them, too.

Posts may contain affiliate links at no cost to you. Several of our trips are also compensated by the respective tourism boards for the city or state we are visiting. This never impacts how we share the destination with you – opinions are always our own and we pride ourselves on that. United States Copyright, 365 Atlanta Family, LLC

View our Privacy Policy | Subscribe to our Newsletter | Contact Site Owner | View Terms & Conditions | About Us

GEORGIA CREEKSIDE CABIN RENTALS LAKE BLUE RIDGE CABIN RENTALS FOR YOUR NEXT ESCAPE ELLIJAY CABIN RENTALS YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE