The Horseshoe Bend National Military Park in Daviston, Alabama is the site which commemorates the final battle of the Creek War of 1813-14, which is considered part of the War of 1812.
In a peace treaty signed after the battle, both the Upper and Lower Creeks were forced to give the United States nearly 20 million acres of land in what is today Alabama and Georgia. The victory here brought Andrew Jackson national attention and helped him to be elected the seventh President of the United States in 1828. This 2,040-acre park preserves the site of the battle.
Upon arrival you will be greeted at the visitor center by very warm, friendly and welcoming park rangers. The park rangers are all too happy to help and educate. Ask them any question and they will have very detailed answers. You will also have the opportunity to watch an introductory video which paints a bigger picture of the battle and the greater war.
Those with an interest in military history will feel like a kid on Christmas day. There are period cannons and weaponry that will leave you in awe.
For those who aren’t so interested in military history or the battle, if you want a place for peaceful and scenic walk I highly recommend the park. It’s a stunning place to visit for some quiet time. Depending on what time of year and the day, it can be a great place to go for walks for quiet reflection, and on others it can be bustling with visititors and activities. You can also bring along your four legged friend(s) for walks but do ensure to keep your dog on a leash at all times and remember to clean up if they do any business in the park.
Guided tours are avaialble depending on staff availability, you’re advised to contact to arrange group guided tours a minimum of two weeks in advance of your planned trip. School groups and teachers are welcome to inquire for educational tours. If you’re on the trail for civil war and confederate history attractions, you will find two more attractions in this area that are free. In Marbury you have the Confederate Memorial Park. Located in Montgomery is the First White House of The Confederacy
Admission to the military park and parking facilities are absolutely free of charge. There is a donation box that you will find located in the visitor center. Please donate what you can as what you can offer will help maintain the visitor center and go towards helping school outreach programs.
Please note that different parts of the park are accessible at different times. The center is open from 9:00 until 16:30, but the tour road is accessible from 8:00 until 17:00. They are open 7 days a week with the exception of national holidays.