NPS Getaway of the Month: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
National Park Service
Every month the National Park Service highlights one of our nation’s notable parks by featuring it as the National Park Getaway of the Month.
This month the NPS invites adventurers to explore and enjoy Alabama’s historic Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, a serene 2,400-acre refuge with a host of exciting activities that will delight outdoor-lovers and history buffs alike.
In 1814 the horseshoe-shaped bend of the park’s Tallapossa River was the site of Major General Andrew Jackson’s attack on the Red Stick Creek warriors, a battle that ended the Creek War.
Park visitors can spend their trip examining exhibits and learning about the Creek Warrior way of life both before and after the battle. The park also provides nature-lovers with many natural landscapes to be explored, including a 3-mile driving tour featuring the site of the Creek Warriors’ Tohopeka village and important battle sites along the way.
Adventurers interested in more active pursuits can embark on a 2.8-mile nature trail through Alabama’s bushy and bustling hardwood forest which leads to stunning vistas overlooking the battlefield and village. While out in the Alabama wilderness look out for wild turkey, snakes, white-tailed deer, turtles, toads, and even armadillos. You might even spot a fox or coyote, but most are nocturnal making them a less-likely sight.
Upcoming park events include several bicentennial symposiums and the Bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe bend later this month. Park volunteers also present demonstrations depicting the Creek Warriors’ way of life, both at war and during times of peace, throughout the year.