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Kolomoki Mounds State Park
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205 Indian Mounds Rd
Blakely, Georgia   39823

Phone: 229-724-2150
Reservations: 800-864-7275
This unusual park is an important archaeological site as well as a scenic recreational area. Seven earthen mounds within the park were built between 250?950 A.D. by the Swift Creek and Weeden Island Indians. The mounds include Georgia?s oldest great temple mound, two burial mounds and four ceremonial mounds. The park?s museum is partially situated inside an excavated mound, providing an unusual setting for viewing artifacts and a film. Outdoor activities include camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking and boating.
History of the Area
Kolomoki Mounds, located in southwestern Georgia, is one of the largest and earliest Woodland period mound complexes. The site was occupied by indigenous peoples from 350 to 750 CE. It served as a ceremonial center and population hub for hundreds of years.

Before European contact, Native American tribes such as the Muscogee (Creek) inhabited this region. Post-contact land use included agriculture and timber harvesting before state recognition.

The complex includes seven earthen mounds; Temple Mound being the most prominent at over 50 feet tall. These structures were used for ceremonies, burials, and political functions within their society.

Incorporated into Georgia's park system in 1935 during Roosevelt's New Deal era Works Progress Administration projects helped develop initial infrastructure like roads leading to it.

Over time archaeological research has revealed extensive information about prehistoric life here including burial practices through excavations conducted since its discovery.

Facilities have been added or improved upon throughout decades with amenities now including a museum detailing local history alongside recreational areas enhancing visitor experience while preserving cultural heritage on-site.

Land management efforts focus on balancing preservation with public education regarding these ancient earthworks' significance amidst natural beauty surrounding them today.
1. Developed Campsites: 24 sites with water and electrical hookups.
2. Pioneer Campground: Primitive camping for organized groups by reservation only.
3. Picnic Shelters: Day-use areas available; not for overnight stays but great for picnics or gatherings during your visit.
1. Kolomoki Mounds State Park offers a large lake for swimming.
2. The park's beach area is perfect for sunbathing and picnicking near the water.
3. Lifeguards are not provided, so swim at your own risk.
4. Swimming season typically runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year.
5. Canoe rentals are available if you prefer boating to swimming in the lake.
6. The calm waters make it ideal even for novice swimmers or families with children.

The park offers a 80-acre lake where visitors can enjoy boating. Non-motorized boats such as kayaks, paddleboards and canoes are allowed on the water. There is also an option to rent pedal boats from the park's visitor center for those who do not have their own equipment.
Visitors can enjoy fishing in two lakes, covering 50 acres. Species include bass, bream, catfish and crappie. Fishing boats are available for rent but personal watercrafts aren't allowed. A Georgia fishing license is required.

Kolomoki Mounds State Park is

Kolomoki Mounds State Park offers picnic tables and grills, perfect for family outings. A covered shelter can be rented too.
1. Trillium Trail: A 5.8-mile loop trail that takes hikers through a variety of landscapes, including forested areas and along the park's two lakes.

2. White Oak Trail: This is an easy-to-moderate 1-mile loop featuring views of ancient mounds built by Native Americans over a thousand years ago.

3. Spruce Pine Trail: At just under half a mile, this short but scenic path winds through pine forests and offers educational signage about local flora.

4. Temple Mound Trail: Approximately 0.6 miles long, leading directly to the largest mound in the park with interpretive signs detailing its historical significance as you ascend to its summit for panoramic views.

5. Kolomoki Mounds Historic Park Nature Loop: A moderate-level hiking experience spanning roughly one mile; it encircles several smaller mounds providing insight into past indigenous cultures while showcasing native wildlife habitats.
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting various species in the park's diverse habitats. The birding trail offers excellent viewing opportunities.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 4 ant city by WILL BENTON
park review stars; one to five kolomlki was a very nice park with lots of shade and the fishing was great. BUT ANTS COMPLETELY TOOK OVER!!! THERE WERE MILLIONS OF THEM, IN THE FOOD, EVEN INSIDE MY CAMPER WHICH I WILL SPEND LOTS OF TIME GETTING RID OF..NOT EVER GOING BACK AGAIN!!! AWFULL EXPERIENCE!!!!!
October 22 Vary nice, We enjoyed it. by [email protected]
park review stars; one to five
September 3 Very Quiet by s
park review stars; one to five This is a nice spot for a family reunion or for a picnic. The kids enjoyed learning about the Native American culture.
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From Atlanta:
- Take I-85 S toward Columbus.
- Merge onto I-185 S via exit 21 towards Columbus.
- Exit at US Hwy 27/US Route 280 W and follow signs for Blakely/Cuthbert.

From Macon:
- Head southwest on I75/I16 then take the exit for GA96/Warner Robins/Fort Valley.
- Continue west on GA96 until it intersects with US Hwy 27 in Richland.
- Turn left (south) onto US Hwy 27 heading towards Cuthbert/Blakely.

Once near Blakely:
- Follow local signage directing you to Kolomoki Mounds State Park which is located north of town off Highway U.S. Route 1/GA SR62 West.

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