When Angela Bates decided to name the trail at the Ocmulgee National Monument the Nene Kerretv Trail, she did so to honor the Muscogee Creek Indians and to give hikers an idea what the trail is used for.
The name, which comes from the Muscogee Creek language, means path to discovery.
People (who use the trail) can discover what Macon has to offer and can discover a healthy lifestyle, said Bates, a park ranger.
The monument is beginning a program at 10 a.m. Saturday in which hikers can explore 16 miles of trails in Macon and earn a T-shirt with the trail logo. The event will include a mile hike to the Great Temple Mound.
The program, funded by an $11,000 grant from the National Park Foundation, covers four Macon-area trails: the Nene Kerretv Trail (3 miles), the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail (8 miles), the Hitchiti Trail (3 miles), and the Browns Mount Trail (2 miles).
At Saturdays event, the first 200 people to participate will get a free pedometer.
The 16-mile walk doesnt have to be completed in one go, Bates said. Participants can complete their hikes in stages and still get a T-shirt until November.
Children who participate can also take part in a scavenger hunt and win a Frisbee.
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To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.