Spring Street Park
Significant as the only public boat ramp on the Ocmulgee River in the city of
Macon or in Bibb County. Also, it is part of the Ocmulgee River Greenway trail. This is definitely an urban park. However, if you are not too bothered by the roar of Interstate 16, then the river and huge hardwoods can provide a pleasant short walk.
In 2002, the park trail was paved and
landscaped, making it suitable for wheelchairs, strollers, and the like. In
2003, the park expanded westward, doubling the trail length to approximately
The park has three entrances.
Spring Street Bridge entranceThe Spring Street entrance is the main
entrance, leading to the center of the park, the boat
ramp, and the parking lot. The entrance is at the northeast
corner of the Spring Street Bridge.
Glen Ridge Drive entrance
Glen Ridge Drive is the western entrance, suitable for pedestrian and
bicyclists. Due to a lack of parking, motorists should use the Spring Street
A short walk on Glen Ridge Drive leads to a pedestrian entrance to Jackson Springs
park. Jackson Springs, with its elegant landscaping, is a refreshing contrast
to Spring Street Park's contemporary landscaping.
Otis Redding Bridge entranceThe
Otis Redding Bridge entrance provides pedestrian and bicyclist access
to the eastern end of the park. Because of the lack of parking, motorists
should use the Spring Street entrance. The Otis Redding Bridge is on Martin Luther
King Boulevard just north of downtown Macon, and the park entrance is at the
northwest corner of the bridge. The Otis Redding Bridge entrance provides
access to the Greenway and Ocmulgee National Park.
Greenway accessAt the Otis Redding Bridge, the Greenway trail continues across the bridge to a small
park called Gateway Park. Then the trail goes under the bridge along a narrow
right-of-way to Central City Park.
Ocmulgee National Monument accessOne option is to walk from the Otis
Redding Bridge entrance about half a mile on city sidewalks. Another option is
to drive from the Spring Street entrance. Directions
Access to services
There are no services immediately adjacent to Spring Street Park or the Greenway, but downtown is
about six blocks on the other side of the river (southwest). Use either the Spring Street Bridge or Otis
Redding Bridge exits.
Ocmulgee Expeditions offers
canoe rentals and shuttle service, by reservation only.
River accessUpstream, the nearest good river access is Popes
Ferry. Also, Waterworks Park in
Macon offers canoe access, but the hours of operation are limited.
Downstream, the next good river access is Knowles Landing. Just downstream from the Spring Street boat ramp is the Gateway Park canoe landing, part of the Ocmulgee Greenway Trail, but parking is a long ways up a steep hill. Access may also be possible at Bullard Landing or via Echeconnee Creek.
Coordinatesapproximately Latitude 32° 50' 45'' N,
Longitude 083° 37' 40'' W
Point of Contact
Macon Parks and Recreation Department
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Spring Street Park was last spot checked June 2010.
Last edited 22 Aug 2010.