Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park | TRADING POST SITE

Hiking route to all Ocmulgee mounds and historic sites

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

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Stop 5: Trading Post Site

To reach the Trading Post Site from the Earthlodge (Stop 4), follow the paved path around the left side of the Earthlodge. It is approximately a quarter-mile walk to the Trading Post. A directional sign points the way.

Pathway to the 1690 British trading post at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Pathway to the 1690 British trading post at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Along the way you will cross over a footbridge that spans the railroad tracks below.

Bridge crossing the railroad tracks below, Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Bridge crossing the railroad tracks below, Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

The Trading Post Site lies on the other side of the bridge. Nothing exists of the original post, which dates back to 1690, so you are basically looking at the field where it once was. The original site is outlined with markers. Unfortunately, the information panel that provides the history of the trading post is on the far side of the field, and it’s a pretty long walk just to read a sign (there is a sign next to the footbridge, but this is about the Muscogee Creek Indians). On top of that, the trail that leads to the next point of interest, Funeral Mound, is right next to the bridge, so you must walk all the way back to where you started in order to continue the hike. Being the great guy that I am, I have provided a photo of the sign that you can read ahead of time. (The two mounds you can see in the distance are Great Temple Mound and Lesser Temple Mound.)

Trading post site with Ocmulgee Mounds' Great and Lesser Temple mounds in the distance

Trading post site with Ocmulgee Mounds’ Great and Lesser Temple mounds in the distance

Information panel at the Trading Post Site

Information panel at the Trading Post Site

If you walk over to the Trading Post Site information panel, you will find a directional sign pointing to Funeral Mound. However, if you head in that direction, you’ll end up traipsing through an overgrown field and will never find a trail. Though probably not intentional, the sign is simply pointing to where Funeral Mound is located as the crow flies, not how to get there. As mentioned, the trail is back by the bridge, just to the left of the Muscogee Creek Indian information panel and a bench.


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Last updated on May 3, 2022
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