Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park | SOUTHEAST 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 9: Southeast Mound

After hiking the River Trail (Stop 8), continue east on the Opelofa Trail to reach Southeast Mound.

Opelofa Trail at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Opelofa Trail at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

To your left is a small swamp area where an alligator lives, or at least that’s what the park Ranger said. I sat on the bench along the trail to have a snack and looked carefully over the water, but did not see anything.

Walnut Creek Wetlands at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Walnut Creek Wetlands at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

As you hike the Opelofa Trail you will be traveling along Walnut Creek and through the Walnut Creek Wetlands.

Walnut Creek flows through Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Walnut Creek flows through Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

In no more than ten minutes you will come to another loop trail that branches off the main trail, this one a mere .25 mile around. There are two trailheads within eyesight of each other, one marked with a small, brown sign with a hiker on it and the other with trail distances. It makes no difference as to which trailhead you start out on, as the other is the end point of the loop. Like the loop trail near Funeral Mound, it adds nothing to the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park experience, and taking all of ten minutes of your time, it doesn’t even give you a workout. Unless you simply must hike all of the trails, I suggest skipping this and continuing on to the last mound on the hike, the Southeast Mound.

If the Dunlap, McDougal, and Cornfield mounds underwhelmed you, all of them are Great Temple Mounds in comparison to the Southeast Mound, or what remains of it. This wouldn’t even make for a good sledding hill. Spend a few minutes reading the information panel, then begin your walk back to the Visitor Center.

Southeast Mound at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is today no larger than a small hill

Southeast Mound at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is today no larger than a small hill

The walk back to the Visitor Center takes about 15 minutes and follows the Bartram Trail. It entails a short walk along the main park road and passes under a historic railroad bridge, one of the few built from brick. Shortly after going under the bridge, look to your left for the trailhead back into the woods. The Visitor Center is a short walk from here. The trail comes out on the far side of the parking lot.

Rare brick railroad bridge on the road back to the Ocmulgee Mounds Visitor Center

Rare brick railroad bridge on the road back to the Ocmulgee Mounds Visitor Center


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Last updated on May 3, 2022
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