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Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park

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Address: 490 Toltec Mounds Road, Scott, AR 72142
Phone Number: 501-961-9442
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: A National Historic Landmark, the Toltec Mounds site comprises one of the...
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 late-Woodland thru early-Mississippian Period 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.
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Made a quick stop here on a cross country road trip

We saw the signs for this on the interstate highway and made a quick diversion off the highway to see the mounds. Very interesting displays, and a nice walk out into the park... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We saw the signs for this on the interstate highway and made a quick diversion off the highway to see the mounds. Very interesting displays, and a nice walk out into the park. It was a good break from driving.

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I'm pleased your travel plans allowed for a quick visit to Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. I appreciate your feedback and happy to hear you had a very positive experience while visiting. More 

Scott, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Toltec offers a walking trail around the largest of the many mounds left by the Plum Bayou Native Americans. Along the trails are wayside exhibits explaining the needs of the natives and building of the mounds. Visitor Center offers viewing of artifacts found at the site. Education programs are for all ages.

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Scott, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Toltec Mounds State Archaeological Park is a fantastic place to visit. If you are interested as I am in history in general, and Native American history and archaeology in particular as I am, then this is a great place to go. I have been an archaeologist for many years, and have done work at Toltec. The current staff there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A beautiful location outside of Little Rock, Arkansas situated by an oxbow lake near the Arkansas River. An isolated landscape with a peaceful walking trail around the site. Well documented signage and an informative educational museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Great day for a 1.5 mile walk. Dog friendly. Amazing mounds on the lake. Perfect day for a stroll and so much history and information

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The stop to the Toltec mounds was absolutely fantastic. The park is free unguided tours, has restrooms, a gift shop area and artifacts on display. The ranger explained that only a fraction of the artifacts are on display the rest are in their archeological area. I want to say how enthusiastic and friendly the staff was at this park. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Without a guided tour through the park, the admission is free. The park is maintained in excellent condition, and it is easy to see that the state has invested a pretty penny into the facilities. The staff is more than willing to answer and assist visitors in any way possible. My only complaint would be there is no staircase to... More 

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Grand Blanc, Mi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is truly a hidden gem not far from Little Rock. Neat and clean, well maintained, well laid out, interesting exhibits, beautiful walking paths and above all, extremely enthused park rangers eager to help visitors enjoy their visit! Due to changes in the tax system in Arkansas, there is no fee at this State Park. We visited one morning in... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This was interesting but mysterious. The archeologists haven't figured out why these mounds were created. They know when and how but there is no historic record because the Plum Bayou culture (A.D. 650 to 1050) had no written language and didn't even decorate their pottery! The current thinking is that this was a ceremonial center for outlying tribal members to... More 

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Wilmington, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The visitors' center has a lot of hands on activities for kids, but very few artifacts from the site on display. That being said there are some and enough information to make the quick run through the museum worth while. The park offers two walking trails, one a half mile loop and the other a mile and a half figure... More 

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Additional Information about Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park

Address: Address: 490 Toltec Mounds Road, Scott, AR 72142
Phone Number: 501-961-9442
Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Scott
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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