Effigy Mounds National Monument, Harpers Ferry

#6 of 69 in Historic Sites in Iowa
Must see · Monument · Historic Site
Effigy Mounds National Monument preserves more than 200 prehistoric mounds built by Native Americans. Numerous effigy mounds are shaped like animals, including bears and birds. These were built mostly in the first millennium, by peoples of the Woodland Culture. In 2017, they were featured in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The monument is located primarily in Allamakee County, Iowa, with a small part in Clayton County, Iowa, in the midwestern United States. The park's visitor center is located in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, just north of Marquette.

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  • We enjoyed fall hiking this interesting monument. It’s hard to believe that in the 1800’s there were over 10,000 mounds documented existing in NE Iowa. We took the trails to Little Bear Mound Group...  more »
  • This park offers some heart pumping trails, taking you from the parking lot to a nice overlook area and some historical mounds. Very cool place to visit.  more »
  • Effigy Mounds is an awesome hiking trail steeped in rich Indian tradition. The Mounds are sacred & very special to the area & Indigenous ancestors. Stop in the educational center first & get a history tour prior to the hike. The views & climbs are amazing. Watch out for snakes & spiders to as they are vary skilled at weaving some huge webs along the path.
  • Get your body ready. This is 14 acres with great views. If you can not walk far visit the center there. Full pictures and artifacts with a full scale model of the park. Postcards of different sites. National parks have a program for junior rangers plus being a point for park passport program. I had a happy satisfied time. Go here!!

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