Ocmulgee Heritage Trail

Georgia

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Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Facts

States: Georgia
Counties: Bibb
Length: 11 miles
Trail end points: Central City Park (Macon) and Amerson River Park (Macon)
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Woodchips
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9232813

Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Description

Conceived in 1996, the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail is the jewel of Macon’s park system. At present, the entire system is over 11 miles long, flanking both sides of the Ocmulgee River through downtown Macon. The trail connects the historic downtown with nearby neighborhoods, the beautiful and historic Riverside Cemetery and Rose Hill Cemetery, and two of the county's largest public parks - Amerson River Park and Central City Park. The trail also connects visitors to the Ocmulgee National Monument, which explores 10,000 years of Southeastern Native American culture along the banks of the Ocmulgee River from ice-age hunters to Mississippian Mound Builders to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The National Park Service museum, the thousand year old earthlodge and multiple earthmounds are all accessible via the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. 

Several miles of the trail are cement, but the portion between Riverside Cemetery and Amerson River Park is gravel. Portions of the trail are connected via public sidewalks on which bicyclist must dismount and walk their bicycles.

Parking and Trail Access

Trail head parking is located at Riverside Cemetery, Spring Street bridge and Central City Park. Riverside Cemetery can be accessed from Exit 1A from I-16 East. Turn right on Spring Street then right on Riverside Drive. Turn right at Madison Street. Trail head parking is on the right.

Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Reviews

unkempt and disjointed

I had high hopes for this one, because I thought we he mounds, music history and cemeteries would be interesting. It looks like the city made an effort at one time to invest in their greenways and parks, but the portion we rode was unkempt and unclear. Lots of construction and little revitalization. Maybe down the road they will get it all together and it will be a nice ride.

Great Trail

This trail is nearly level compared to other trails that are reviewed. The Northern end at The Water Park is very well maintained and a great place for kids, birthday parties, and community functions. The Southern End is to be linked soon but at present that is a promise.
The Southern End extends from the Spring Street Bridge north a bit but certainly goes South from there to the Ocmulgee National Park. This lower part is new to me and truly a wonderful ride, hike, run or walk. It parallels the River and the Interstate 16 with many bridges over creeks and marshes. It is highly recommended.
From the Boat Ramp at the Spring Street Bride to the Great Temple Mound is about 3 miles. Many prefer to park at the Great Temple Mound and walk North as security is a bit better. But, don't get locked-in!

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