Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park commemorates the place where over 800 Upper Creek warriors where killed by the army led by General Andrew Jackson. Today, the park, which contains part of the Tallapoosa River, is a popular place for daytime recreational activities including boating and shore fishing. A three-mile-long tour road and a 2.8-mile nature trail provide views of the ground where the battle was fought, and the visitor center contains more history on the battle for interested guests. The 2,040-acre national park is north along the river from Martin Lake and about 38 miles by car from Auburn.
Went 8:30 AM and the crowd was very light. The hike is not long but there is quite a little hill to get up and over. Elderly folks or very young could have trouble. Plus you are walking in sand so it's even more challenging. It is well worth it though. Absolutely amazing views. Breath taking. AND FREE!!
The parking lot could not have been more full, but it was a holiday weekend. There was still plenty of bathrooms which was appreciated. The hike was easy and short. The scenery is gorgeous! Ended up staying past sunset when the crowds left. I would definitely recommend it. It was quiet and the sky was amazing.
The view is spectacular, but that's where it ends. Expect to run into multitudes of people throughout the day. The dirt parking lot fills quickly and overflow goes on to the shoulders of Hwy 89. The place was teeming with people, many coming from cars, but just as many disgorged from numerous tour buses. Coming at sunrise or sunset? Those are the most crowded times due to how the reddish light makes the bend look even more stunning. I do note there is construction that will bring significant improvements, especially with safety by adding guard rails to prevent falls. The fact it was unseasonably warm doubtless contributed to the crowd. Bottom line: the view is like the pictures and worth seeing in real life. However, expect to share it with many, many other people - especially during weekends and holidays. If you're expecting solitude like the stock photographs suggest, you probably aren't going to find it.
This place is massive. The best times to visit Horseshoe Bend are during sunrise or Sunset. I went during noon and it was very bright and hard to get a good photo. There's a parking lot and a good 15-minute hike up to the viewing point. Have good shoes.
Great views. It is a great place to spend about 1 to 2 hours. The walk to the place to get the good views is about 30 minutes at a steep angle however is totally worth it. Beware of the fact that there is no safety bar so be careful with young kids.