To visit the Earthlodge, the Trading Post site, and the
Great and Lesser Temple Mounds – some of the most popular points of interest –
take the Main Path, which starts at the Visitor Center.
Visible from the Visitor Center is the Earthlodge. Visitors
can go inside the lodge and view the original lodge floor that dates back more
than 1,000 years. It is the only earthen work from that period left in the
world in such exceptional condition. If you do not have a lot of time, stop by
the park and take the short walk from the Visitor Center to the Earthlodge and
experience a small piece of the area’s ancient inhabitants by going inside this
structure that was a large part of their public lives and community.
The Main Path moves past the Village Site toward the Trading
Post Site. Though documentation and evidence are lacking, it is believed there
once stood an English trading house from 1690-1718. The post sat on this plot
of high ground overlooking the Ocmulgee River.
Passed the Trading Post Site, the Main Path crosses the park
road and loops around the Great Temple Mound. Take a right after the road
crossing to experience both the Lesser Temple Mound and the Great Temple Mound.
The purpose and significance of all the mounds are unknown,
but these are thought to be religious structures. They were built from
alternating layers of earth and plant matter.
If it is you first visit to the park, hit three of most
historically significant sites of the park by hiking the Main Path. Begin the
adventure of learning about this interesting and culturally rich area with a
tour of the Visitor Center and a hike to the Eathenlodge, the Trading Post
Site, and the Great and Lesser Temple Mounds. There is much more to discover
but this 2.4-mile trail is the perfect place to start.