Go Outside and Play Guide: Macon, Georgia

Adventure awaits you in Macon, Georgia. Named First Runner Up in the 2019 Top Adventure Town contest, this historic Southern town is great for solo or group travel and excursions.  Macon is right in the center of the state and boast a variety of outdoor experiences from hiking trails, biking, camping, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing. Meet at the river, or Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park and the upland forest. Kayak, canoe or float tube down the Ocmulgee River for a relaxing adventure through lush woods and local historic sites. At Ocmulgee Mounds, you can explore 8 miles of trails with historic mounds, wetlands, and a recreated 1000 year old Earth Lodge. At any time of day, find serenity in 180 acres of pristine forests, meadows, and wetlands at Amerson River Park. Grab a paddle, get your boots and prepare to be awestruck by the natural beauty of Macon.



Arrive at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park to visit the free museum, explore miles of hiking trails, step into the Earth Lodge and venture to the top of the Great Temple Mound. 

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, Georgia has the only recreated Earth Lodge in the United States with its original 1,000 year old floor. 


Stop in for lunch like a local at Oliver’s Corner Bistro for outstanding sandwiches, salads, attractive entrees and seasonal soups.

Check into your room at the 1842 Inn bed and breakfast or set up your campsite at Arrowhead and Claystone Park at Lake Tobesofkee

Explore Lake Tobesofkee and the hiking trails at Arrowhead and Claystone parks, enjoy the white sandy beaches or partake in the various watersports from boating, kayaking or paddle boarding. Pro Tip: Lake Tobo is a great spot for fishing, too. 


Get the best sunset views in Macon while enjoying dinner at Fish N’ Pig restaurant, a local favorite overlooking Lake Tobesofkee. 



Start your day off early at Coleman Hill Park watching the perfect Macon sunrise. 

Stop in for an iconic southern breakfast at H & H Soul Food while learning about Macon’s legendary music history.

Take a morning walk along the Ocmulgee River on the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail for a refreshing start to your day, getting glimpses of local wildlife.


Pick up lunch at the best of Southern coastal seafood in Macon, Kudzu Seafood Company, or indulge in some authentic Georgia barbeque at Fincher’s Barbeque, since 1935.

Head to Amerson River Park for an afternoon exploring miles of trails, a picnic on the grassy meadows or book a kayak experience on the river with Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions


Be sure you have brought your bicycle along to discover Macon on two wheels. Wind down with a leisurely bike ride through Macon’s historic downtown district or zip through Rose Hill Cemetery before the sun sets for a great end to your day.

Stay downtown for a local burger favorite and craft beer at Ocmulgee Brewpub.

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