Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park | MCDOUGAL MOUND

Hiking route to all Ocmulgee mounds and historic sites

Hiking route to all Ocmulgee mounds and historic sites (click to enlarge)

HIKE TO THE OCMULGEE MOUNDS AND HISTORIC SITES

Stop 2: McDougal Mound

After your visit to the Dunlap Mound area, cross the main park road and walk down the driveway for the employee parking lot at the back of the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Visitor Center. At the far end is the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, a paved hiking and biking trail that leads into Macon. Take this to reach McDougal Mound.

Heritage Trail leads to the McDougal Mound at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Heritage Trail leads to the McDougal Mound at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

In just a few minutes’ walk down the path is the .5-mile trail that branches off to the McDougal Mound. It is marked with a directional sign. This is an earthen trail that is mainly flat with a smooth surface, though there are some tree roots here and there to watch out for.

Side trail off the Heritage Trail that leads to Ocmulgee's McDougal Mound

Side trail off the Heritage Trail that leads to Ocmulgee’s McDougal Mound

On the way to McDougal Mound you will pass a residential section of Macon, and just before reaching the mound you must climb a short-but-steep hill. While McDougal Mound is bigger than Dunlap Mound, it could still easily be mistaken for a natural hill. Sixty percent of the mound was removed for fill dirt to build east Macon.

McDougal Mound at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

McDougal Mound at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

View of McDougal Mound from the side, Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

View of McDougal Mound from the side, Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

When done with your visit, return back to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and turn right—continuing away from the Visitor Center—to reach the next stop on the hike, the Halstead Factory and Mound X. A round trip visit to the McDougal Mound takes 20-30 minutes.


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Last updated on May 3, 2022
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