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Scott - Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

490 Toltec Mounds Road

A National Historic Landmark, the Toltec Mounds site comprises one of the largest and most impressive archeological sites in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Preserved here are Arkansas's tallest American Indian mounds. Three mounds remain where 18 once stood surrounded by an earthen embankment eight to ten feet in height, a portion of which is still visible today. These ancient earthworks are the remains of the ceremonial and governmental complex which was inhabited here from A.D. 650 to 1050. The park visitor center features exhibits including artifacts from the site, an A/V theater, and archeological research laboratory. A meeting room and enclosed pavilion (with restrooms) that overlooks the mounds are available for rent.
Take a self-guided tour on the 3/4-mile barrier-free trail or 1.6-mile turf trail, or a guided tour by reservation. Park interpreters lead guided tours and programs throughout the week by group reservation and at scheduled times on Saturdays.
The archeological site/research station is cooperatively managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Archeological Survey. The Toltec Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, a unit of the University of Arkansas system, and its laboratory are housed in the park visitor center. Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park is one of Arkansas's two archeological sites cooperatively managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Archeological Survey as both a state park and an archeological research station. The other is Parkin Archeological State Park at Parkin.


Dennis Simpson

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
As usual in Arkansas and most other states state parks are one of the greatest values around... In the state of Arkansas all state parks are free and the Toltec Mounds is no exception but it is an exceptional Place prehistoric and I mean prehistoric tens of thousands of years ago Indians lived here built large Mounds on this incredibly fertile Plains on the Delta live near the Arkansas River and were able to harvest a great livelihood and sustain themselves for Millennia... Although little is known about the people the state of Arkansas has spent a great deal of time and energy trying to must have been exceptional use of our tax dollars

Melanie Holmes

Thursday, March 15, 2018
They have really good staff. The tram/walking trail is very educational and is going to be a memory I hold on too.

Michael S

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
If you like to learn about Native American history in Arkansas this has some interesting things to see. There are only a few remaining mounds as previous farmers flattening the others for agriculture. It's a bit disappointing that there is so little known about the inhabitants or what tribe called this place home. The state has done a nice job trying to figure out who they were through excavation and historical maps. It has a nice paved walking trail that is 0.8 miles and a rustic trail that is just short of 2 miles. The trails have numbered markers and a booklet with information to read as you go. The trails pass around the plazas and there is a nice boardwalk to the oxbow lake with many Bald Cypress trees that border the site. It's free to tour the museum and self guided tour. They offer guided tours a few days a week for a fee. The staff was friendly and helpful, the facilities were clean and maintained. I'm surprised I didn't visit the site before and I plan on returning soon. Nothing flashy or digital but it's nice to take in nature and try to imagine the life these people led.

Edward Hobbs

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Easy to get to, and we'll worth the visit. There"s a museum and the mounds themselves are amazing to look at.

Double H

Friday, July 28, 2017
This has always been one of my favorite nature spots in central Arkansas. If you go during summer, go early to beat the heat. And take some bug repellent. During cooler seasons, it's a great place to take a nice walk and bring along a picnic. There's a shaded picnic area near the visitor center. The only bad part has nothing to do with the park. It's that some goober-fungus built a subdivision on the lake across from the mounds. If it weren't for having to look at that, walking the park would be like a trip back in time. I admit that people have a right to build subdivisions if they own the land. And I have a right to consider those people goober-fungi.

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