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5 Free Ways To Get Outside In Macon

If you’re a Georgia native, you know that sometimes the weather here can be unpredictable. Sometimes it’s 75 degrees in February. As we start moving towards spring, and the weather warms up, you may be looking to get some fresh air.

Here are five places in Macon to get outdoors, whether you are crushing your New Year’s fitness resolutions or feeling cooped up from the cold weather. All of these parks are entirely free to the public, so you don’t have an excuse for not getting outside.

Amerson River Park

Amerson River Park has seven miles of hiking, biking and walking trails and great views of the Ocmulgee River, according to There are also covered areas if you want to get your friends together and have a picnic. The park is located only 10 minutes from Mercer’s campus and is open every day from 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Ocmulgee National Monument

Ocmulgee National Monument is known for its Ocmulgee Indian Celebration held every fall. However, the park also has six miles of trails for hiking and biking, according to Go for a walk and check out the Indian mounds while you are there. The monument is located only 10 minutes from Mercer and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wesleyan College Arboretum

The Arboretum at Wesleyan was created in 1996 as an ecological study area, wildlife refuge and recreational land for the college, according to Located 15 minutes from Mercer, the arboretum has three miles of walking trails. The trails are open to visitors every day from sunrise to sunset.

Charles H Jones Gateway Park

The Gateway Park is one of the parks along the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, according to Walk along the trail and see beautiful views of the Ocmulgee River. While you’re there, don’t forget to get a picture with the Otis Redding statue! The park is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day and is 10 minutes from campus.

Tattnall Square Park

Last, but definitely not least, is Tattnall Square Park. If you want to get outside, but only have a short amount of time, cross the street and take advantage of this park! Walk through the middle to see the fountain, or bring a soccer ball and play a pickup game on the field. Be sure to keep up with the park’s Facebook page where they post special events.

This spring, take advantage of all the free places to get out and enjoy nature in Macon. It will relieve stress, and get you excited for the warmer months ahead.

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