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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Harpers Ferry, IA
+1 563-873-3491
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Native Burial Grounds

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Effigy Mounds offers a great walk through the woods. When I... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2017
Manhattan, Kansas
Great way to spend half a day

I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised hiking up and around the trails. If you... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
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29 Of This Park's 191 Mounds Are In The Shape Of Animals.
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  • Average5%
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Effigy Mounds offers a great walk through the woods. When I visited, the weather was not cooperating. But that didn't discourage me from an enjoyable experience. When walking the trail, you'll be able to see the numerous mounds. Please keep in...More

1  Thank hoef972
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!

2  Thank SimpsonTide985
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I visited this area on a cold November afternoon but the walk in the park was still very nice. The Visitor Center has an excellent diorama of the park showing all the Effigy mounds and the park rangers are very knowledgeable. The views of the...More

1  Thank Holly R
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The walk up the hill is fairly steep but not over long. Regular circular mounds and then we came to the ones shaped as bears. Very interesting!! Amazing views over the Mississippi are an added plus. Allow at least a couple hours to enjoy the...More

1  Thank Lee G
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Effigy Mounds are an archeological treasure on the west ridge of the Mississippi River. It’s only a couple miles north of the casino and Highway 18 Marquette-Joliet Bridge across the river from Prairie du Chien on the Wisconsin side. The monument/park entry is easy to...More

2  Thank douglasl739
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We stopped here while taking the Great River Road from I-90 south to Bettendorf, IA. The hike up the hill is worth the effort. The views are spectacular and the mounds are very interesting. The visitor center has a good video and lots of information...More

1  Thank BRIDGET B
Reviewed 21 October 2017

The Visitor Center here has a good exhibit and film that describes the Woodland Native Americans that built these mounds, and how the mounds were an integral part of their life and culture. I found it interesting that archeologists still don't have a good understanding...More

1  Thank TJLandof10000lakes
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

On a fall color tour - frankly we stopped in passing to use restrooms at visitor center which were closed temporarily but port potty was provided. Setting is beautiful and we walked the short distance to the closest mounds. Hard to envision the shape from...More

Thank BikeHawk
Reviewed 9 October 2017

We didn't know much about the Effigy Mounds before we came here, but learned so much from the interesting visitor centre and the helpful park staff. They answered all our questions and explained about the mounds. We then walked through the woods to see the...More

Thank EzzyA
Reviewed 6 October 2017

There is a short movie available to watch and there are the Rangers who are available for guided walks. There are numerous instructional paths to follow, with elevation, so bring good walking shoes

1  Thank Rqueen2013
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7 August 2017|
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Response from AndyKansasCity | Reviewed this property |
Website shows the zip code 52146. Enjoy your trip!
29 March 2017|
Response from EmilyT508 |
There is no cost fir admission.