Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Things to Do

  • Remains of the Miller Bridge
    Remains of the Miller Bridge
    by MatthewMetcalfe
  • Small Cannon at the Visitor Center
    Small Cannon at the Visitor Center
    by MatthewMetcalfe
  • New Bridge and Pylon From Old Bridge
    New Bridge and Pylon From Old Bridge
    by Basaic

Most Recent Things to Do in Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Grave of Major Montgomery

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Montgomery's Grave
    1 more image

    Along the trail to the Artillery Battery is the grave of Major Lemuel P. Montgomery. Montgomery was a bright young lawyer and one of the most promising young officers in General Jackson's command. This was his first battle and he fell mortally wounded during the initial assault on the Red Stick fortification.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Old Miller Covered Bridge

    by Basaic Updated Aug 21, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    New Bridge and Pylon From Old Bridge

    Within the confines of the park, but not part of it, are the remains of the old Miller Covered Bridge. This bridge was the only way to cross the Tallapoosa for many years until the new bridge was built. Not much remains, however.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    High Ground

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Red Stick High Ground
    1 more image

    There was a patch of high ground within the Red Stick area of the horseshoe bend which War Chief Menawaw planned to use as the last line of defense. When the battle was over, 800 of 1000 Red Sticks had died. Menawa himself was severely wounded but managed to escape. This battle brought an end to the Creek - US War.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Charge and Defend

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Charge and Defend Site

    Upon learning of the Lower Creek and Cherokee Attack on the rear area, Jackson and his troops launched an attack against the fortification resulting in very intense hand-to-hand fighting. Eventually, Jackson and his soldiers overran the fortification.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Lower Creek and Cherokee Attack

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Area of Creek and Cherokee Attack
    2 more images

    Shortly after the artillery bombardment began, Lower Creek and Cherokee allies of General Jackson swam across the river, stole Red Stick canoes and used them to cross the river to attack the Red Sticks from the rear.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Artillery Prep

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Artillery Battery and Monument

    The Red Stick Creeks had prepared very well for the attack. They had built a fortification consisting of sharpened logs and earth that was 5 to 8 feet high that stretched the entire length betwenn river banks, protecting the 80 to 100 acres of land in the horseshoe bend. Jackson ordered a bombardment of the fortification using 3 and 6 pound cannons. Although the bombardment was heavy and caused some casualties, it did little damage to the fortification.

    Of note is the fact that the monument behind the cannon was placed in 1918 and got the dates of the conflict wrong.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Location of the Red Stick Stronghold

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Tallapoosa River
    3 more images

    It is believed the Creek Indians originated in the Southwest but moved into the area now known as Alabama and Georgia. They displaced or absorbed several tribes and formed a loose confederation. Several European Nations vied for favor with the Creek mostly through trade and gifts. Atfer the American Revolution they signed a treaty with the United States in 1790. They followed the program of Indian Agent Benjamin Hawkins for 20 years but there was a growing division between the Upper Creeks in Alabama who did not follow the program as much and the Lower Creek in Georgia. The Upper Creeks eventually formed a fortified enclave on the Horshoe shaped banks of the Tallapoosa River. It is here they fought the battle against General Andrew Jackson and his troops. This decisive victory for Jackson helped him win the presidency.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Visitors Center and Museum

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Visitors Center
    4 more images

    Like I always say the first place you should stop is the Visitors Center. Here you will pay the entrance fee and get any brochures, maps and other information to enhance your visit. There is also a nice museum and a short informative film available. The park is one of four parks associated with the War of 1812. It also concerns an 1814 battle between General Andrew Jackson's 3300 member Tennessee Militia accompanied by some Creek allies and 1000 Red Stick Warriors led by the Creek Indian War Chief, Menawa.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • MatthewMetcalfe's Profile Photo

    The Visitor Center

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written May 26, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Small Cannon at the Visitor Center

    The best place to stop before touring the battlefield. Pick up a brochure which will give you some historical background as well as a map of the park. If you have time, watch the short film to set the scene prior to going out on the battlefield. There is a small museum as well in the visitor center.

    The Visitor center is open until 4:30 daily.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • MatthewMetcalfe's Profile Photo

    Old Miller Covered Bridge

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written May 26, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Remains of the Miller Bridge

    Just outside the main park entrance are the remains of the old Miller Covered Bridge. This was one of the few routes over the Tallapoosa until the early 1900's. A newer bridge has replaced the Miller Bridge and about all that remains are the pylons that the bridge was built on.

    The bridge is surprisingly long given it's age. It's a shame that more of it isn't around.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Basaic's Profile Photo

    Battle Area

    by Basaic Written Aug 21, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Main Battle Area

    This is the area where Jackson and most of his troops were looking down at the Red Stick fortification, trying to cause enough damage to it to attack.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

87 travelers online now

Comments

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Travel Guide

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Horseshoe Bend National Military Park sightseeing.

View all Horseshoe Bend National Military Park hotels