Three Places to Hike in Middle Georgia

Take a Hike! No, Really


‘Tis the season for embracing all that mother nature has to offer! It’s finally Fall, aka the best season in the South.

Spring in Georgia usually means amazing weather, radiant colors and a time for outdoor activities. If you want to take advantage of the sun, go out and visit these three trails in Middle Georgia that are excellent for those Springtime hikes:

1. Ocmulgee National Monument: Indian Mounds Trail

Location: 1207 Emery Highway, Macon

The Ocmulgee National Monument is the remain of a once thriving settlement of the Paleo-Indians that inhabited the area thousands of years ago. The hiking trails lead people to several sites at the park.

Some sites that are open for the public to examine include an earth lodge, a reconstructed ceremonial building with the original 1,000-year-old clay floor and sites of a former village. Come take a blast to the past and immerse yourself in history and nature. The hike is perfect for beginners. The loop hike is about three miles and is dog friendly. Parking and admission also included.

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2. High Falls State Park

Location:  76 High Falls Park Drive, Monroe County


If you’re looking for a trail that will put you through a good workout and lead you to a great spot to cool off after, High Falls is the place to go. While on the double loop hike, people will be able to admire the scenery that lines the Towaliga River. The trail’s forest is filled with beautiful trees, massive boulders and your usual woodland animals.

High Falls is best known for its refreshing lake and multi-tiered waterfall. The nearest mountain trails with waterfalls are a two-hour drive away which makes this site a “must-do” hike for Middle Georgian’s. The trail itself is moderately easy and is pet friendly. The trails round trip is estimated to be just over a mile long. The trail is located at a state park which entails parking fees. The fee is five dollars unless you have a Georgia State Parks annual pass.

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3. Dauset Trails

Location:  360 Mount Vernon Church Road, Butts County


 Dauset Trails offers a variety of paths open for people to hike, bike and even horseback ride.  There are trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced hikers of all levels. There are more than 20 miles worth of beautiful and scenic routes available at the nature center.

While on the trails people may see several animals including river otters and owls. The trails are pet friendly and are open from sunrise to 10 p.m. Parking is free. After an early morning hike, explore the rest of the nature center. The Dauset Trails Nature Center does not only offer trails to hike but has several activities for people of all ages to enjoy, from a barnyard to a “wonder room.”

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