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Best walking trails in Middle Georgia

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Living in Warner Robins, GA gives you easy access to Central Georgia’s many forests. Going outdoors on a hike is a great way to relieve stress and find your center.

With Central Georgia’s forests just a short drive away, here’s a list of trails you can visit to decompress and get your cardio on.

Before you head out: Check Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites’ website for current updates on which parks, visitor centers, and historic sites are open.

Amerson River Park
2551 North Pierce Drive, Macon, GA

Once the grounds of a water treatment facility, Amerson River Park is now 180 acres of forest, field, and wetland. Visitors to the park can enjoy 7 miles of walking trails, 3.5 of which are paved.

The paths are wide, well maintained, and handicap accessible, with most of the trails easily traversable by visitors of all ages and abilities. The more challenging trails, like some of the park’s hilly terrain, are only moderately difficult. For a scenic walk or run, take one of the trails that run along the Ocmulgee River.

Visitors can reach Amerson River Park through I-75 any day of the week. There’s plenty of available parking space. Dog lovers are welcome to bring their furry friends to the park, just as long as they’re on a leash at all times.

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park
1207 Emery Highway, Macon, GA

If you want a bit of history with your hike, plan a visit to Ocmulgee Mounds National. This historical park was a prehistoric Native American site.

Eight miles of trails are spread throughout the park, which includes the Ocmulgee National Monument (a 5-mile collection of wooded trails) and part of the Ocmulgee Heritage trail (a multipurpose and handicap-accessible riverside trail that links to Amerson River Park).

Gain new historical insight into the area by walking the Hitchiti Village Site Trail — a densely wooded trail where Early Creek Indians once settled — and following the Bartram, Funeral, and Corn Field Mound Trails to other Native American sites.

The park’s visitor center and Earth Lodge are temporarily closed to the public, but the walking trails and grounds are open every day from 1 to 5 p.m. If you want to spot some wildlife, head to the park at dawn or dusk for deer sightings.

Just as in Amerson River Park, on-leash dogs can enjoy the park’s open spaces with their owners.

Selma Erwin Nature Preserve
2460 Vinson Highway, Milledgeville, GA

If you’re searching for a challenge or serious workout, trek to Selma Erwin Nature Preserve. A well-maintained area loved by mountain bikers and hikers, it has a main single-track trail stretching over 5.5 miles, which is an hour-and-a-half’s walk from end to end. (The trail for mountain bikers is a bit longer at 6.5 miles.)

This trail is aimed at more experienced hikers who face steep climbs, with elevations of more than 600 feet at one point. Bring lots of water and pause to admire your surroundings when the going gets a bit tough.

Dauset Trails Nature Center
360 Mount Vernon Church Road, Jackson, GA

Want to get lost in beautiful natural scenery? Spend some of your free time at Dauset Trails Nature Center’s hiking and biking trails. The private, non-profit center has more than 20 miles of trails across 1,400 acres, with varying difficulties from easy to advanced. Whatever your hiking experience, all can relish the scenic views of ponds, creeks, fields surrounding the trails.

Botany enthusiasts shouldn’t miss out on the Tree ID Trail. This trail lets visitors identify 31 trees native to Georgia and learn more about the benefits they provide to people and their surroundings.

The trails are free and open to the public. Accessible walkways make it easy for persons with disabilities to enjoy outdoor time at the park.

Exploring the many natural and historical parks in Middle Georgia is one of the many rewarding things to do in Warner Robins, GA and the surrounding area.

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