Run on a path to a ceremonial burial mound that dates to 900 CE! Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is an interesting spot to visit in Macon, and a good spot for a run along its 8 miles of trails. The park is a prehistoric American Indian site, where many different American Indian cultures occupied this land for thousands of years. Around 900 CE, the Mississippian Period began, and people constructed mounds for their elite, which remain there today. At one time, this was the largest archaeological dig in American history, where 3 million artifacts were found.
Overall, there are 8 miles of trails — a mix of flat and hilly. Many of the trails are shorter, so you’ll have to combine them to make for a longer run or loop. This page has information on the different trails and this park map is a helpful resource. The trails are a mix of natural and paved surfaces and a couple of boardwalk sections, winding through a combination of open and wooded terrain. It’s also possible to run on the Park Road, though there is no shoulder/sidewalk.
The park is in eastern Macon not far from downtown, off Highway 129. NOTE: Open 8am-5pm.