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“Timeless Beauty”

Effigy Mounds National Monument
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Owner description: 29 Of This Park's 191 Mounds Are In The Shape Of Animals.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Visitor Center is well kept and accessible, ample parking, useful interpretive displays, Park Rangers are very friendly and knowledgeable. Trails are also well kept, and although somewhat challenging, offer opportunities to rest as you make your way up the mature forest trails to spectacular views all around of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge.

One need not hike at all to enjoy the experience, though. There's at least one conical mound right at the base on the boardwalk.

You'll feel assured regarding the worthiness of preserving this national treasure and that you are walking on hallowed ground, as thousands of years of prehistoric people believed it to be.

Longer hikes mean opportunities to be on the trail with few or no other people, if you like that.

After the hike head up toward Lansing for more hiking opportunities, at Paint Rock and Mount Hosmer, there's also scenic pullouts and Allamakee County parks on the river along along the way, and a winery near the historic Wexford Church.

Make a day or weekend of it! Beautiful, scenic countryside all year around!

Thank WexfordWordsmith
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I went there with my friend and once we got there and we saw a presentation of what it's like and bout the Effigy Mounds and the history of it and what it's like back then.

Thank Kevin A
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

The mounds are pretty neat but the hiking and views are awesome. We had a great time hiking in late fall. I wish we had visited a couple weeks earlier to see the fall foliage.

Thank Shelby A
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Effigy Mounds offers a great walk through the woods. When I visited, the weather was not cooperating. But that didn't discourage me from an enjoyable experience. When walking the trail, you'll be able to see the numerous mounds. Please keep in mind that this is a sacred place to Native Americans.

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised hiking up and around the trails. If you move at a good clip, you should be able to cover the entire area in about 3 hours or so. Very relaxing, calm, and would return!

3  Thank SimpsonTide985
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