The region along the Ocmulgee River saw over 17,000 years of continuous human habitation and over 2,000 artifacts have been recovered from the site. In the 18th century, this area was made up of around 60 villages and formed the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. With the Indian Removal Act of 1832, the Muscogee Nation forcibly relocated in 1836 to Oklahoma, to the region now known and recognized as their capital, Okmulgee. The Muscogee Nation are the descendants of the Mississippian people who constructed the mounds thousands of years ago, seven of which have been preserved at the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon. Local organizations such as the Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative(ONPPI), Ocmulgee Mounds Association(OMA), Visit Macon, and elected officials are working with The Muscogee Nation to tell the story of the people and land accurately and respectfully. When the park is designated as a national park status, The Muscogee Nation will co-manage it, making it the first time in history a tribe that was once removed from the land will help operate the national park.
Today, you can walk through 8 miles of trails that take you along the preserved mounds. Explore the park's visitor center to learn more about the culture and heritage of the region or view artifacts recovered from thousands of years ago.