Envisioned by NewTown Macon’s founders in 1996, the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail has become one of Macon’s most loved public spaces. The trail system is currently over thirteen miles long and encompasses some of Macon’s best recreational and cultural assets. The trail runs along the east side of the Ocmulgee River through Jackson Springs Park, Spring Street Landing, the Otis Redding Bridge, and continues into the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park via the Walnut Creek connection, known as the Mike Ford Trail. The trail also runs along the west side of the Ocmulgee River through Carolyn Crayton Park, Gateway Park, Rotary Park, and into Riverside Cemetery. In the next few years, Amerson River Park, the northernmost portion of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, will be connected to the downtown trail through Riverside Cemetery.
The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail makes the Ocmulgee River accessible to the community for recreational opportunities and improves the quality of life for all Maconites. Trail goers can enjoy walking, running, jogging, biking, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, or rollerblading. Pets are welcome and there are several playgrounds in parks along the trail for families to enjoy.
The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail is a public/private partnership. NewTown Macon plans trail expansions and raises private funds to support improvements. Once new portions of the trail are complete, Macon-Bibb County operates and maintains these improvements in perpetuity as a public park. If you have questions about using the trail or the parks along the trail, please contact Macon-Bibb Parks and Beautification at (478) 803-0484.
E.J. Grassmann Trust
James H. Porter Charitable Trust