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Serpent Mound, Peebles

#18 of 141 in Historic Sites in Ohio
Serpent Mound is the largest surviving example of a prehistoric effigy mound in the world. Stretching 1,348 feet over the ground, the beautifully preserved ancient earthwork depicts larger-than-life sinews of an immense serpent, with an intriguing oval shaped head. This earthen monument is anywhere from 1000-2000 years old, and the cultural identity of its American Indian architects remains wrapped in mystery, as does the exact ceremonial purpose behind its creation. Time, however, has not dampened the earthwork’s artistic affect on those who gaze upon it. The Serpent continues to elicit humility, wonder, and awe – drawing tens of thousands of visitors a year from across the country and the world. In addition to the Serpent, the park preserves three burial mounds of the Adena and Fort Ancient Cultures, and ancient village sites.
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  • This prehistoric mound is considered one of the largest ones in existence. There were plaques and signs along the pathways explaining the significance and history of the burial mound. There is a museu...  more »
  • One of many mounds of Mississippian culture. This mound shaped in form of snake. Nice walk around mound well posted with markers with explanations.  more »
  • This place was never really on my radar, but I’m very glad I stopped in. Pretty grounds with picnic tables and groomed paths to walk on as you observe the mound. The mound is beautiful and the historical feature itself is quite fascinating. There is a tall platform with steps to climb that overlooks a good portion of the mound. Ample restrooms, friendly staff and a small store and museum with reasonably priced merchandise. Definitely worth checking out.
  • The Serpent Mound Historical Site is the largest effigy mound in the world, about 1,400 feet long. An effigy mound is a giant earthen sculpture used as a shrine to honor the powerful spirit it represents. This mound represents the Great Serpent who was the Lord of the World Below — a world beneath the surface of the earth! In the traditions of the American-Indian tribes, the people call upon the Great Serpent for the power to cure illness or be successful in animal hunting.

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