Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Nature Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Montgomery Alabama that is a wonderful way to walk through more than 200 years of history. The park says the "2.8 mile long nature trail winds its way around the Battlefield and near Tohopeka Village, the site of a Creek Indian camp in the early 1800s. Those using the trail should wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, a jacket, and sunscreen. Bring water and a snack. The trail is mildly rigorous."
March 27, 1814 General Andrew Jackson attacked Chief Menawa’s 1,000 Red Stick Creek warriors at a horseshoe bend on the Tallapoosa River in Alabama. More than 800 Red Sticks were killed and the battle ended the Creek War. To count the bodies, the noses of Red Stick warriors were cut off. Though badly wounded, Chief Menawa escaped with a couple of hundred others and fled south and joined the Seminoles. The devastating defeat lead to the Creeks signing the Treaty of Fort Jackson, which ceded 23 million acres of their traditional homeland in present day Alabama and Georgia to the United States government. The victory made Andrew Jackson a national celebrity. Today, hikers can explore the battlefield and hike through part of nation’s violent history.
Contact: Horseshoe Bend NMP 11288 Horseshoe Bend Rd. Daviston, AL 36256