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McIntosh Reserve is an outdoor recreation area located in Carroll County, Georgia. The 527-acre (2.13 km2) park is operated by the Carroll County Recreation Department and supports outdoor activities including camping, hiking, fishing, and others. The park is open year-round, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
McIntosh Reserve is named for William McIntosh, Jr., a prominent Creek Indian leader and plantation owner. The plantation was known as Lochau Talofau, which in English means "Acorn Bluff." McIntosh lived in a modest home, a two-story log house with a central, open "dog run" passage on both floors. The house doubled as an inn for travelers. A reconstructed house is open to park visitors today.
In 1825, McIntosh signed the second Treaty of Indian Springs. The treaty essentially sold all Creek lands to the government; however, McIntosh was allowed to keep his plantation in exchange for signing the treaty. Many Creek Indians were infuriated by the treaty and murdered McIntosh. Carroll County acquired Lochau Talofau in 1978; the plantation now lies within McIntosh Reserve boundaries.
McIntosh Reserve Park was closed for several months in 2009 and 2010, following the September 2009 flooding on the Chattahoochee River. The park is scheduled to reopen for Memorial Day weekend, 2010.
Activities and Events
McIntosh Reserve features over 14 miles (23 km) of trails which may be traveled on foot or via bicycle or horseback. A large, flat grassy area is frequently used by model airplane hobbyists or groups seeking an open gathering place. The park also maintains several primitive campsites. Recently a splash pad with covered enclosures, grills, tables and a scenic river overlook were added for more family friendly fun and enjoyment. The splash pad features several water sprinklers, and colorful play stations, which allow children of all ages to cool off during the hot summer months.
Annual events such as the Easter Festival, Halloween Carnival, and Santa Program draw visitors to the park. An annual Fall Festival features a "Native American Pow-Wow," a traditional Native American music and dance performance. The Chattahoochee Challenge Car Show and various club-, hobby-, or scouting-related events also take place in the park.
Polocrosse, a fun game played on horseback and great for a wide verity of ages; can be had on most Sunday afternoons weather permitting.
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