Ocmulgee National Monument
1207 Emery Highway
Macon, GA 31217
Park Phone Number
Explore the Ice Age to the
Ocmulgee National Monument is a memorial to
the relationship of people and natural resources in this corner of
North America. We preserve a continuous record of human life in the
Southeast from the earliest times to the present, there is evidence
here of more than 12,000 years of human habitation. A diversity of
natural and cultural resources combines to provide an abundance of
reasons to visit.
Drive south on I-75 to Macon. Exit I-75 onto
I-16 east (exit on left) . Get off I-16 at exit 2 (Coliseum Drive),
take a left under the highway and proceed to where Coliseum Dr. ends
at Emery Highway. Turn right on Emery Highway and proceed to the
third light. Our entrance is on the right side of the road.
Take I-16 west to Macon and get off at Exit 2
(Coliseum Drive), take a right and proceed to where Coliseum Dr.
ends at Emery Highway. Turn right on Emery Highway and proceed to
the third light. Our entrance is on the right side of the road.
Take I-75 north to Macon and get onto I-16
east at the Major Bobby Jones Interchange. Exit I-16 at exit 2
(Coliseum Drive), take a left under the highway and proceed to where
Coliseum Dr. ends at Emery Highway. Turn right on Emery Highway and
proceed to the third light. Our entrance is on the right side of the
FROM GRAY, GEORGIA-
Drive south on Gray Highway-129. After you
pass Shurling Drive take a left on Second Street, go one block and
take a left onto Emery Highway. Travel east on Emery Highway 4
lights. Our entrance is on the right side of the road.
Place to Picnic
Things to Do
- Envision the past viewing exhibits and a
17-minute movie at the Museum.
- Stroll to the Earthlodge and Early
Mississippian temple mounds.
- Immerse yourself in a wetlands environment
by taking a walk on our new boardwalk.
- Walk back in time through the wilderness of
the Ocmulgee River floodplain on the River Trail.
- Bicycle on a quiet park road
- Contemplate Georgia's "Fall Line"
environment along Walnut Creek.
- See Ocmulgee after dark during Lantern
Light Tours in March.
- Learn about Middle Georgia's history and
environment during Earthday in April.
- Experience the very special Ocmulgee Indian
Celebration on the third weekend in September.
- Take a spring or autumn Ranger-led field
trip to the Lamar Mounds and Village
Ocmulgee National Monument is located along
the Ocmulgee River in central Georgia at the "Fall Line,"
a unique strip of land stretching from South Caroline across Georgia
into Alabama. Eons ago, ocean waves pounded the southeastern
shoreline of the North American continent.
The warm sea deposited sand, silt and marine
clays along the beach. Gradually, the sea retreated and reveled a
sandy plain. This former beach with its dunes, remained as a narrow
band separating the Coastal Plain from the rolling, rocky hills of
the Piedmont to the North.
The environmental variations within this
region afford diverse natural resources and habitat for a rich
variety of plants and wildlife, including a number of endangered and
The park's 702 acres encompass upland fields
and forests, with riverine woods and wetlands along Walnut Creek and
the river. The Ocmulgee River Heritage Greenway provides an
undeveloped corridor between Ocmulgee National Monument and Bond
Swamp National Wildlife Refuge downriver.
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