17,000 years of continuous human habitation. That’s the depth of history visitors are confronted by at the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park – a well-preserved prehistoric American Indian site. Experience a wealth of information about people and cultures from millennia past.
First occupied during the Paleoindian period, Ocmulgee Mounds was then a site where Native hunters tracked Ice Age mammals. Now developed into public park land, the site offers the perfect backdrop for its visitors to learn about the many different American Indian cultures that occupied this land for thousands of years. Step inside the fascinating, over 1000-year-old, Earth Lodge – carbon dating has placed its floors at around 1015.
The visitor’s center hosts over 2000 artifacts including a short educational film; and the seven mounds plus eight miles of hiking and biking trails boast diverse terrain and breathtaking views of downtown Macon. Gather family and friends to enjoy the six-night Lantern Light Tour during Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival, the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration during the third weekend in September, and a host of other special events updated regularly on their website. Daily admission to the park is free.