Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps

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#34 of 155 in Museums in Louisiana
Poverty Point is a rare remnant of an exceptional culture which built these massive earthworks consisting of five mounds and six rows of semi-circular concentric ridges which has been estimated took at least five million hours of labor to build. Dated between 1650 and 1100 B.C., this site of more than 400 acres is unique among archaeological sites on this continent. In 1962, Poverty Point was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Tram tours are given Wednesday - Sunday at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Year round (weather permitting).

Admission : $4 per person

(Children 12 and under & adults 62 and older admitted free.)

A Louisiana Annual Park Pass allows free entrance for all occupants accompanying a pass holder in a private vehicle. Passes can be purchased at any state park for $80

DIRECTIONS: From I-20, take the Delhi Exit (#153) and travel north on LA 17 to Epps (10 mi.), east on LA 134 (5 mi.) and north on LA 577 (1 mi.)

GPS Coordinates: N 32.2500; W 91 24.4164

Activities at the park include an interpretive museum, introductory video, a 2.6 mile hiking trail and a sand-sifting activity for those 6 and under. Scheduled demonstrations of the atlatl, ancient tools, flinknapping and cooking in the earthoven with cooking stones. Scheduled programs include themed guided hikes; workshops such as, building birdhouses, flintknapping and beading.
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  • I enjoyed the video shown at the Visitors Center. So much research has gone into the exploration of this ancient society of hunters and gatherers. Very intriguing!! I appreciated the displays of artif...  more »
  • When you visit this place, please keep in mind the massive amount of time that has passed since this was an actual settlement. Over 3000 years, my friend. Don’t go expecting it to look like people mov...  more »
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  • We visited a few of weeks ago on a Monday I believe. The site was amazing. The museum was clean and well kept as were the outdoor bathrooms (except for a nasty stench but that’s to be expected). We had a great time. I really wish we had come on another day though so that we could have enjoyed a nice tram tour but the friendly girl at the counter gave us a map so that we could drive ourselves and offered us a film but we didn’t want to watch it. The park has a lot of amazing history and the artifacts in the museum are to die for. I do wish there were a little more on display but for only $4 I felt it was a good deal. We had a lot of questions and the girl at the counter was very patient with us and answered them all to the best of her ability. She even showed us a brief demonstration of a device used for drilling. I thought maybe she was an archeology student but she said she wasn’t. We were there right before her break or shift end and a nice older gentlemen took over. He was very knowledgeable on the park. I don’t remember his name but He answered the rest of our questions before we left for the drive. The staff seemed to be very friendly and well informed. I recommend coming to this site but definitely come on a day they offer the tram and if you go during the summer be on the lookout for wasps!! I wish I had thought to ask on why it’s called Poverty Point!
  • This is a great trip to learn about the Indians that were in our area before we came. The museum is nice to see, the little movie is informative, the tram ride is more up to date and informative. My kids completed their books and got their Jr. Ranger badges!

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