The oldest Mound in the state of Georgia that I know about is Rock Eagle. There is actually two rock bird mounds in the state and guess what? Both of them are located right here in Putnam County.
Rock Eagle has a wonderful 4-H camp and retreat area build around it. There are trails, lakes, camping, cabins, a water park, putt-putt golf, and so much more. The park area is 1500 acres and it's really a nice place to visit.
The rock mounds are between 1000 and 3000 years old. Many of the rocks are thought to have been drug into place because they are much too large for one person to have carried. There are also clays mixed in the the rocks that had to be brought into this area because those types of clays are not native to Putnam County. The height of the bird from head to tail is 120 feet. The wing span is 125 feet across.
It's located right off 441 North of Eatonton in Putnam County and if you ever get this way it is totally worth stopping to look at this magnificent feat.
For years the Rock Hawk was fenced, but not "developed" for viewers to enjoy. In the last few years that all changed. One day last fall my Donald and I went out for an afternoon picnic there. It was the first time he had seen it at all and the first time I'd been there since the clean up. It has a long way to go before it looks as good as the Rock Eagle (pictured above), the grass around it hasn't grown in yet and it will take time.
But as we climbed the tower you see in the photo to the right to take a look at the Rock Hawk, I thought of the people who carried all those rocks and placed them there. There are lots of legends about what they mean, but since we can't ask the people who built them I choose to just honor their efforts and not guess at what whey were thinking.
As you can see from the photo of the Hawk, you can make out the outline. I do hope they get the grass to grow around it to make it easier to make out. And upon my first trip up the tower I think it could have been one level higher too. But if you are ever near Putnam County I encourage you to stop and take a look. It's certainly not something you find on every corner. Perhaps you will be moved like I was the afternoon I spent there with my Donald. There's lots to read and learn while you are there too. You'll be glad if you visit.