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In southeast Georgia, a fun state park to visit is Kolomoki Mounds State Park. The state park is near both the Alabama and Florida state borders, making it more of a weekend trip for those in the Atlanta area. The state park is not located near any major cities, so make sure you bring plenty of food and plan on camping. Kolomoki Mounds is the largest and oldest (350 to 750 A.D.) Woodland Indian site in the southeast. The Indians built mounds, and visitors today can still see the remaining mounds.

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Many mounds throughout the southeast have been destroyed by farmers, but the ones that remain are often very helpful to allow people to learn more about Woodland and Mississippian culture. There are several smaller mounds and one large mound that are variations of burial and ceremonial mounds. The largest mound, the temple mound, allows visitors to walk up and see how expansive the southeastern city was. We enjoyed hiking around the mounds and learning more about Woodland culture. The park has a museum, gift shop, and a visitor center for patrons to visit, as well as the opportunity to fish, picnic, camp, hike, boat, swim, play mini golf, and learn more about the history of the Woodland Indians.

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We camped at Kolomoki and found the campsite to be quite nice. The campground was a smaller site, making it easy to feel like you were in nature since you were surrounded by less people. We camped right along the water creating nice views, but were still tucked into a forested patch allowing us to really enjoy our camping experience.  There are several other incredible state parks dedicated to Native American history and culture including Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, Chief Vann House Historic Site, and New Echota State Park, as well as Ocmulgee National Monument, and we definitely encourage you to visit each one to learn more about Native American history and culture in Georgia.

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