(Image from NPS)
of the earliest clashes between the U.S. government and the Native
Americans took place here in March 1814. The leaders in this battle were
Menawa, an Upper Creek chief and Andrew Jackson, commander of the
American forces and a future president.
There is a small museum in
the visitor center that shows weapons, documents and a diorama. The
three-mile drive through the battlefield where Jackson fired 50 cannon
rounds at the Creek barricade. Another point of interest is the mound
where the Creek medicine men performed their pre-battle dance to protect
the Creek warriors from the army's weapons.
There is a picnic
area near the river, a boat launching ramp and miles of walking trails.
The site is open daily except major winter holidays.
What to know before you go
Pets in the park - Dogs are welcome in Horseshoe Bend NMP
as long as their companions keep them leashed with no more than six
feet of leash extended at any time. Dogs must also be under their human
companions physical restraint at all times. Dog companions should be
mindful of where their canine “stops” – please remove any solid waste
your dog may deposit on park grounds. The park is for everyone’s
enjoyment, including the wildlife so keep an eye out for possible animal
to animal interactions. Service animals, such as guide dogs, are
allowed in the Visitor Center.