The Great Serpent Mound is a 1,348-foot-long (411 m), three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound on a plateau of the Serpent Mound crater along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio. Maintained within a park by Ohio History Connection, it has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of Interior. The Serpent Mound of Ohio was first reported from surveys by Ephraim Squier and Edwin Davis in their historic volume Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, published in 1848 by the newly founded Smithsonian Museum. The Serpent Mound is the largest serpent effigy in the world.Add Serpent Mound to your Peebles travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Peebles trip planner.
Serpent Mound reviews
Astonishing piece of ancient history. This earth mound is absolutely massive, and to think it built a thousand years ago by people using little more than sticks and hands to dig is just mind... more »
We stopped here to have a picnic lunch and learn more about this historical land feature. The signage along the hiking trail tells you a lot of good information. The park office has very friendly... 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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