Envisioned by NewTown Macon’s founders in 1996, the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail has evolved into one of Macon's most beloved public spaces, attracting over 500,000 people annually. Among its many sections, Rose Hill Cemetery's trail, in particular, has experienced a significant influx of visitors, with 50% of them now coming from outside of Macon. However, the trail faces its share of challenges, with the massive I-16 and I-75 construction projects affecting some sections, resulting in temporary closures and alterations.
To address these challenges and to enhance the trail's connectivity, we are in the final stages of developing a comprehensive master plan. This plan aims to seamlessly link Downtown Macon with adjacent neighborhoods along the Ocmulgee River, creating a unified and accessible network.
Currently spanning over thirteen miles, the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail meanders along both sides of the Ocmulgee River, providing access to Macon's finest recreational and cultural assets. It winds through Jackson Springs Park, Spring Street Landing, the Otis Redding Bridge, and extends into the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park via the Walnut Creek connection, known as the Mike Ford Trail. On the west bank, it traverses Carolyn Crayton Park, Gateway Park, Rotary Park, and Riverside Cemetery, with plans to connect Amerson River Park to the downtown trail in the near future.
The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail enhances the community's quality of life, offering a range of activities for people of all ages. Whether you prefer walking, running, jogging, biking, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, or rollerblading, the trail accommodates a variety of interests. Families are welcome, and several parks along the trail feature playgrounds for youngsters.
This invaluable public resource is made possible through a successful public/private partnership. NewTown Macon spearheads trail expansions and secures private funding for improvements, while Macon-Bibb County takes on the responsibility of operating and maintaining the new sections in perpetuity as public parks. If you have any questions about using the trail or the parks along its path, please reach out to Macon-Bibb Parks and Beautification at (478) 803-0484.
E.J. Grassmann Trust
James H. Porter Charitable Trust