McIntosh Reserve Park, in the modern day, is a beautiful and ruggedly natural place. Hikers, campers, kayakers, horseback riders, and history nuts will all find something interesting here. The river is beautiful in this particular location, and the hardwoods and conifers scattered among the hilly landscape make for some memorable sights.
Native Americans of various nations, primarily Creek and Cherokee, come together here once a year (Late September) for a massive Pow Wow. Here's what the website says about the event:
September 25 - 26, 2011 ~ Verify dates!
If you are in this area, the Richardson Tribe strongly recommends a visit.
Entry Date: July 2011
We'd been concerned about a particularly vacant geographic area on the PB&J Adventures map, anxiously looking forward to an excursion to investigate the treasures of Carroll and Coweta, counties of west-central Georgia. A trip to this part of of God's country was inevitable, and soon planned.
In addition to McIntosh Reserve, our trip included a stop at the Gold Museum in Villa Rica, the site of Georgia's first gold rush, followed by camping at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, and a long Saturday afternoon on the beach at John Tanner park (formerly John Tanner State Park).
On the first full day (Saturday) of our camping trip, we headed for McIntosh park, mid-day. Our first stop was at the guard shack. The lady (guard) was so sweet. She told us all about the park, where to go, what to do. She insisted that the kids come in to use the facilities and have a drink of water. Very nice. We liked her a lot!
We wandered around the park a bit, visited the river and the over-look, and checked-out the gravesite of William McIntosh. Visiting this park was of special interest to me. My mother's brother's wife is the great great great great granddaughter of William McIntosh. The family's history has a special personal meaning.
While visiting William McIntosh's gravesite, we also surveyed the old log cabin, similar to Chief McIntosh's home, located just across the country road. The doorways were designed for very short people, but there was a surprising amount of space in the cabin. Its design is almost identical to the cabin located at Red Top Mountain State Park near Cartersville, Georgia.
We spent part of the afternoon at the park. I'm especially interested in Boondocking (camping without hookups) here, but it must be in cooler weather. This was one hot weekend. We left McIntosh Reserve for John Tanner Park (formerly a state park) where the kids played in the water for hours. But that's another story.
The Richardson Tribe