Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, Scott

#40 of 87 in Nature in Arkansas
Must see · State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, also known as Knapp Mounds, Toltec Mounds Site or Toltec Mounds, is an archaeological site from the Late Woodland period in Arkansas that protects an 18-mound complex with the tallest surviving prehistoric mounds in Arkansas. The site is on the banks of Mound Lake, an oxbow lake of the Arkansas River. It was occupied by its original inhabitants from 600 to 1050 CE. The site is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
The identification of the site with the Toltec of Mexico was a 19th-century mistake. Mrs. Gilbert Knapp, owner of the land from 1857 to 1900, thought the Toltecs had built the mounds.
Investigations at the site by archaeologist Edward Palmer from the Smithsonian Institutions Bureau of American Ethnology in 1883 and by others since have proved that the indigenous ancestors of regional Native Americans had built these mounds and all other mounds within the present-day United States. They were part of mound building cultures that flourished from the Late Archaic period into the Protohistoric period. They built earthwork mounds for religious, political and ceremonial purposes, connecting them to their cosmology.
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  • A lot of reading but so worth the stop. We were a little underwhelmed by the number of mounds and a little sad that a couple of them had been destroyed. But we were glad they had know worked on...  more »
  • Very interesting to see these. I have seen some before on my travels also in Mississippi. Very nice staff and will fill you in on the history. They have an old wooden canoe in the gift shop on...  more »
  • Wow! It has been years, when I was a kid, since I have been here. But this place is great. What little impression I had when I was a kid was blown out of the water by what we experienced today, we took the family of four, which included a five and a three-year-old out and we had a great time! We did half of the longer Trail before we had to get back to the visitor center to take the tram ride. The trail is nice, but where your Sun tan lotion and bug spray. The tram ride was a fun experience and the breeze from it was welcomed. Park interpreter Amy was amazing, great with the kids and very personable. Can't wait to get out here for a equinox or solstice program.
  • Kind staff. Some of the paths are paved and easily wheel chair/stroller accessible. The rest are dirt paths that could also be if you have good tires. Cool morning walk just a little ways outside Little Rock

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