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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Open today: 08:30 - 16:30
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Interesting for sure!

We were able to learn more about the Indians who built the mounds seen all over the midwest... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Donna S
Wausau, Wisconsin
Really beautiful trip!

We walked a little over 3 miles with a 9 and 4 year old. We did bring a wagon which had pros and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alisha R
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29 Of This Park's 191 Mounds Are In The Shape Of Animals.
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Harpers Ferry, IA
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Reviewed yesterday

We were able to learn more about the Indians who built the mounds seen all over the midwest. Beautiful park with great trails and overlooks. Make sure you stop!

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not the sexiest of national park service sites, but interesting stop if you are in the area. The mounds are not very pronounced and they have to really clear the area for you to see them. Probably worth stopping if you are in the area,...More

Thank GaryArndt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked a little over 3 miles with a 9 and 4 year old. We did bring a wagon which had pros and cons. Very steap hills made it hard to pull but it was easier is some spots and kept the little one from...More

Thank Alisha R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The park itself is lovely and walking through the park is good exercise however you have to be prepared to walk a lot up hill. Being honest the mounds look like just another hill. Keep your expectations low. A trip to the park is a...More

Thank Carol O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum houses friendly park rangers that are very friendly and happy to help you out with any questions you might have. You can read up about the history of the area here as well. It is quite fun. Now the actual park itself is...More

Thank Ramil L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had really good time on this hike. It was misting and lightly sprinkling but the tree cover keeps you fairly dry. It’s a little bit of a hike up hill but worth it. The views are beautiful and the mounds really fill you with...More

Thank Stephanie K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stopped into the visitor center. The staff were nice and friendly. I found the information very informative. I looked at the maps of the trails and where to locate the different mounds. It is a very large amount of hiking up steep bluffs. I...More

Thank Kelly S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This review will only entail the museum and the mounds found immediately outside the visitor center. The museum was a good insight to the history of the area. There were many artifacts and literature to help explain what makes this area so unique. It was...More

1  Thank Brian S
Reviewed 12 August 2018

The NPS Visitor Center is a must stop to find out about the Effigy Mounds before taking off on the trails. They have a Junior Ranger Program that is informative about the area and what you will be experiencing on the trails. There is plenty...More

Thank DiAlJo
Reviewed 31 July 2018

My wife really likes to see these Native American sites, but once we got here we found that almost all of the sites required extensive walks of at least 1 mile or more to see. She has a knee replacement & was very disappointed when...More

1  Thank harryatkck
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Alisha R
12 August 2018|
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Response from Julie R | Reviewed this property |
You are welcome to walk the trails without a guide. Wear comfortable shoes. The first part is a good incline.
7 August 2017|
Response from Artsvarc |
We just left there. The restrooms inside are closed currently due to construction on the septic system. There are porta jons in the parking lot. There is a small gift shop, no cafeteria, just a cold beverage vending machine.
7 August 2017|
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Response from AndyKansasCity | Reviewed this property |
Website shows the zip code 52146. Enjoy your trip!