Ocmulgee has 8 miles of trails. Park trail rules:
All visitors must be out of the park by 5:00PM.
For your protection, please stay off of the mound slopes.
Pets are welcome but must be on a leash at all times.
Fishing is permitted on the banks of the creek, river, and clay pond.A valid state fishing license is required. Fishing is NOT permitted from boardwalks and bridges.
Bikes are ONLY allowed on the River Trail, Heritage Trail and road.
Picnic in the picnic area only; no fires are permitted.If you need additional information, please call the
Trails and distance-
Dunlap Trail- 1/4 mile
This trail leads to one of a few surviving Civil War earthworks in
McDougal Trail- 1/2 mile
This trail is named after Captain Robert McDougal, who was in command of
Heritage Trail- 1 3/4 mile
This trail is a bike trail in the park.It begins behind the visitor center and goes to the
Opelofa Trail & Loop- 1 mile
Opelofa is a Creek word which means "like-a-swamp."There is abundant wildlife in the wetlands this trail runs through. It is great for bird watching;you may see egrets, osprey, herrings, and anhinga. The Walnut Creek Wetlands has fish, turtles, frogs, and snakes. Part of the Loop Trail borders Walnut Creek which is occasionally home to beaver.
Bartram Trail- 3/4 miles
William Bartram (1739-1823) was a well-known naturalist who traveled through this area in 1774 and 1776. Bartram wrote about the "Old Ocmulgee Fields" in his journal. This trail winds lazily through the woods on both sides of the railroad bridge, which was built in 1874 and is on the National Historic Register.Walking this trail, you may encounter deer, squirrels, chipmunks, lizards and many varieties of birds.
Visitor Center to the Great Temple Mound (Main Path)
This trail leads to three of
The Southeast Mound Trail –1/4 miles
This trail travels from the Southeast corner of the Trading Post site to the Southeast Mound, and then South through the woods a short way to end at the park road. Little is known about this mound. Archaeologists believe it may have been damaged by plowing and erosion.
The Hitchiti Village Site Trail –1/2 miles
Early Creek Indians (late 1600's) are believed to have occupied this area prior to the Yamassee War of 1715. This trail runs through a thickly wooded area.Wildlife you may encounter on this trail is deer, turtles, squirrels, snakes, lizards and a variety of bird species.
The River Trail – 1/2 mile
This trail winds through a wooded area to the
Funeral Mound Trail –1/4 miles
This trail starts at the Trading Post site and winds through a small area of woodland. The mound was built as a burial ground for the elite members of the Mississippian society. It was built in seven stages and was originally nearly 50 ft. tall. Presently, it stands at only 20 ft. tall because of railroad construction in the 1870's. Please do not walk on this mound.
Corn Field Mound Trial –1/4 miles
This trail is grass trail that goes past the Corn Field Mound and prehistoric trenches, and ends at the Heritage Trail. The Corn Field Mound is believed to have originally been a ceremonial cornfield. Later the mound was built over the field. The purpose of the prehistoric trenches is unknown.It could have been used for a fortification or for borrow pits for mound building.
Last updated: April 17, 2019