Historic Heartland / Macon

Ocmulgee National Monument

1207 Emery Hwy.
Macon, GA 31217

478-752-8257
  • Earth Lodge

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  • Opelofa Trail

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  • Ocmulgee Visitor Center

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  • Ocmulgee pottery

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  • Ocmulgee Indian Celebration

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  • Great Temple Mound

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  • Earth Lodge

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  • Earth Lodge

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  • Wetlands

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  • Earth Lodge floor

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  • Great Temple Mound

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  • Great Temple Mound

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  • Ocmulgee Visitor Center

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  • Visitor Center

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Journey to the ancient past to discover 17,000 years of Native American heritage just across the Ocmulgee River from downtown Macon. Enter the continent's only reconstructed Earth Lodge with the original 1,000-year-old floor, climb to the top of the Great Temple Mound, see prehistoric trenches and the site of a Colonial British trading post. Annual events include the Ocmulgee Lantern Light Tours during Macon's Cherry Blossom Festival in the Spring and the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration held every third weekend in September.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission fee 0.00

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Maps / Brochures in Other Languages, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible, Open Year 'Round, Pet-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly, Motorcoach-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    16, 75

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Reptile Encounter

    Reptile Encounter

    11/11/2017 - 11/11/2017

    Jason Clark, with Southeastern Reptile Rescue, will bring his Reptile Wagon to Ocmulgee National Monument from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Reptile Wagon is a walk-through, mobile reptile zoo that offers visitors the chance to safely view numerous live venomous and non-venomous snakes and other reptiles native to the Southeastern United States and from around the world. If seeing an alligator isn't enough, their trained staff will be on hand with alligators and harmless snakes that you can pet! Progra... read more

  • Ranger Program on 1863-1867 Georgia African Brigade during the Civil War

    Ranger Program on 1863-1867 Georgia African Brigade during the Civil War

    02/03/2018 - 02/24/2018

    In 1865 during his daring raid into the South, Union General James Harrison Wilson directed the commanders of each of his three divisions to recuit and organize a regiment of former slaves during his march through Alabama and Georgia. By the time Wilson's forces arrived in Columbus, Ga., the Corp had recruited 1,400 and when he arrived in Macon, the recruits were over 2,700. On April 24 & 25, all of the former slaves recruited by the Corp were organized into three regiments consisting of 1,10... read more

  • Ocmulgee Lantern Light Tours

    Ocmulgee Lantern Light Tours

    03/16/2018 - 03/25/2018

    Held yearly during Macon's Cherry Blossom Festival, Ocmulgee National Monument hosts the Lantern Light Tours. Grab a lantern and stroll along the luminary lined path from the Visitor Center to the Great Temple Mound. Join interpretive talks at the bridge, Earth Lodge, Trading Post, and Great Temple Mound sites. Step back in time to meet costumed characters with ties to Ocmulgee's history. Learn about the 17,000 year history of Ocmulgee and the people who lived here. Tour the Museum exhibits a... read more

  • Ocmulgee Indian Celebration

    Ocmulgee Indian Celebration

    09/15/2018 - 09/16/2018

    Celebrate the culture of the Southeastern Native Americans at the 27th Ocmulgee Indian Celebration. It is a fantastic event for all ages, drawing thousands of visitors each year for dancing, storytelling, music, crafts, games, food, and demonstrations by Native Americans, as well as exhibits about the first cultural community of Macon. Additional activities include:  Warriors on horseback, living history camps, primitive technology & cooking, pottery, and much more. It is also an excellent c... read more