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Effigy Mounds National Monument

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Very interesting

We stopped to see this area because we love being anywhere near the Mississippi river. The tour... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ichoosejoy
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Nebraska City, Nebraska
Interesting for sure!

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

Reviewed 25 September 2018
Donna S
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 November 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised hiking up and around the trails. If you move at a good clip, you should be able to cover the entire area in about 3 hours or so. Very relaxing, calm, and would return!

3  Thank SimpsonTide985
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

I checked the visitor center business hours before I went on this trip. The NPS website says it closes at 6:00pm during summer (Memorial Day til Labor Day). When I visited there on June 4th around 5 pm, the place was closed. Bummed. I wanted...More

4  Thank michikos2017
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped to see this area because we love being anywhere near the Mississippi river. The tour guides were very helpful. Worth your time to hike to see the mounds

Thank ichoosejoy
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

While I didn’t do the hike out to the mounds, I did visit the Museum at the Effigy Mounds National Monument. The museum is very small and not that interesting. Could easily be missed.

Thank AngusDad
Reviewed 25 September 2018

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 18 September 2018

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 14 September 2018 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 13 September 2018

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

1  Thank Carol O
Reviewed 11 September 2018

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 September 2018 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 2 September 2018

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 KellyS915
Reviewed 31 August 2018 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
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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.
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876kennethc
7 August 2017|
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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.
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876kennethc
7 August 2017|
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Response from AndyKansasCity | Reviewed this property |
Website shows the zip code 52146. Enjoy your trip!
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