Today we spent most of the day at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, near Dadesville, AL. It was a beautiful day – sunny, warm, clear and just a little breeze. It was perfect!
A little history on the park. The Battle of Horseshoe Bend was the
culminating event of the Creek War of 1813-1814. In reality a side conflict of the War of 1812, the confrontation grew from a tribal civil war after Mississippi Territorial Militia troops attacked a Creek supply party at Burnt Corn Creek, Alabama, during the summer of 1813. For a thorough history check out the National Park website http://www.nps.gov/hobe/historyculture/index.htm
After checking out the Visitor’s Station and the displays we drove the 3 mile road tour that includes a one-way loop and skirts the edge of the battlefield and winds along the bend of the Tallapoosa River for which the park is named.
After the road tour we decided that we would try the nature trail. A 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. Make sure you bring water and a snack. The trail is mildly rigorous – oh and there are no restrooms along the trail…. But it was a beautiful way to spend the day.
The quiet beauty of this place belies the horrible and brutal massacre that occurred. As we walked the grounds it was hard to believe that so much pain and suffering took place here.