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Effigy Mounds National Monument

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Address: Harpers Ferry, IA
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08:30 - 16:30
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29 of this park's 191 mounds are in the shape of animals.

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We had a beautiful, snowy, hike here. Gorgeous scenery, amazing history, and a very nice visitor center.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ankeny, Iowa
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Ankeny, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a beautiful, snowy, hike here. Gorgeous scenery, amazing history, and a very nice visitor center.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't realize this park is on the Mississippi River. Somehow I had it in mind that it was going to be flat land. It is not. Besides the very nice Visitors' Center, there are some really great hiking trails that go up the bluffs, around the mounds, and have AMAZING views of the Mississippi. I would definitely like to... More 

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Most of the best animal-shaped mounds are at the top of the bluff over the Mississippi River. The hike to get there is steep. Unless you are in excellent shape, you will need to stop and rest at the benches provided. Bring water. I was there on a rare, warm February day so there were no insect pests.

Thank Robert W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we were at Effigy Mounds for a specific purpose, we had always been curious as to what the park holds. We are eager to go back when the weather is more conducive to hiking since most of the mounds require that. There are three small mounds near the visitor center, but they are not the park's main attraction. There... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is an area where Indian buried their dead in very large mounds shaped like animals and other things. There are over 200 mounds in this park. There is a small museum. There are many hiking trails. This is a very picturesque area above the Mississippi River.

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We stopped to visit on our way out of Wisconsin to South Dakota, and we didn't have a lot of time to visit, but wanted to stop and see the park and visitor center, and so my son could do the Junior Ranger badge. The visitor center is very nice, and we hiked the trail uphill to the scenic lookout.... More 

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Groveland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Effigy Mounds National Monument breaks down into several sections, from a short 1 mile accessible walk across the Yellow River near the Visitor Center, to about 10 miles of trails in each of the North Unit and South Unit sections. Plus the Sny Magill section to the south, and the Heritage Addition upstream on the Yellow River. If you can... More 

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Bayfield, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

The staff upon entering the visitor center were very attentive and helpful. Showed us our options of things to do. When we came back from the hike they asked how things were. Nice gift shop and exhibits.

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Nice walk through the trees to the top near the mounds, well worth the stop. The visiter center is first class. Rangers are very knowledgable of the area. The view of the Mississippi river is beautiful.

Thank crc763
Fort Dodge, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We enjoyed walking the 1st trail out of the visitor center. Two miles, which they state takes about an hour to walk. We took longer as we didn't want to miss any of the wild life or foliage. A few mosquitoes on the walk but 'no harm, no foul'. Also enjoyed the video at the Visitor Center to give you... More 

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