- This military park marks the site of the defeat of the Creek Indians in the Creek War, which was part of the War of 1812. The battle was fought on March 27, 1814 and lead by General Andrew Jackson. Fighting under Jackson were troops from the 39th U.S. Infantry, Tennessee Militia and Lower Creek and Cherokee Indians. Jackson's allies numbered over 3,000. They defeated Chief Menawa and the Upper, or Red Stick, Creek Indians.
The Creek War resulted in the largest loss of life by Native Americans in conflict with U.S. troops. Over 800 Creeks died defending their way of life. The Creeks were then forced to give up most of their lands, thus opening large parts of Alabama and Georgia to settlement. Victory here brought national fame to Andrew Jackson and is considered his first stepping stone to the Presidency.
Recreation - This park offers visitors a wide variety of recreation opportunities. Fishing, boating, hiking, walking and touring exhibits are available on site. The Visitor Center contains a small museum with exhibits related to the history of the Creek Indians, the events that led up to the battle, the battle itself and what happened to those involved afterwards.
A three-mile, round trip scenic road leads through the battle ground and other associated sites. A two and eight tenth mile history trail
traverses the battle field and through a variety of natural areas. The park has two picnic facilities, one near the Visitor Center and the other located by the boat ramp on the Tallapoosa River. There are no camping facilities within the park.
Climate - Typical of Southern states, the climate in eastern central Alabama is almost subtropical. July is the hottest month with an average high of 91 and average low of 67 degrees F. Winters bring averages of 54 and 29 degrees F. Visitors should wear comfortable sportswear according to the
season, with walking shoes.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is located in eastern central Alabama, with Daviston being the closest community.