Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park

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Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park

Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 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
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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tinkerbsb
Mount Juliet, TN656 contributions
Part of a day
May 2021
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 keeping them from disappearing. They had a very knowledgeable ranger at the front visitors center and then the museum inside that showed stuff that had been left by the ancient culture at the site. You also have a boardwalk that allowed you to walk out on the water a bit we saw some turtles in that area. It was a well done area and we enjoyed it. We paired it with something else to make a full day. They also have free parking and admission on the site.
Written May 21, 2021
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KateS
Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States3,391 contributions
Not what I expected
Oct 2020
I was underwhelmed. While we enjoyed walking the two trails (which crossed each other several times) & reading the plaques & pamphlets along the way, I was completely surprised at the lack of definitive information. Everything is just a guess. By that, I mean every "fact" had a built-in disclaimer that they really, simply, just do not know. They do not know what each mound was used for or why they are there, & they do not know which tribe(s) of Native Americans used the site. While the Visitor Center museum & displays were interesting & informative, they were predominately about Native Americans in general & discoveries made at locations other than this one. The dug-out canoe on display, while super-cool, is clearly labeled as NOT being related to the mounds or the people associated with the mounds in any way. It came from a completely different set of people in a completely different area! So, while I learned a lot & enjoyed both the museum & the trails, the overall impression was of a lack of substance or meaning relating to this specific place.
Written November 26, 2020
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Bobby31225
Fort Mohave, AZ1,429 contributions
Worth seeing!
Sep 2020
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 display. Nice museum inside also with lots of artifacts. Worth seeing if you have never seen anything like this before in your life.
Written October 1, 2020
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221jacquelynh
Dover26 contributions
Nature, history, and ancient culture all on a bayou!
Dec 2019
In less than a month I have visited this place 4 times and can never get enough of its serene beauty, curious and mysterious mounds and the history of the people who once built these dirt structures. All this on gorgeous Plum Bayou! Any time of the day is simply perfect for a visit although in the heat of summer, it may be a bit warm. I suggest going on the long 1.6 mile walk that leads along the edges of the mound sites and leads to lovely views of the Bayou, which was once an oxbow of the Arkansas River, now 4 miles away! And,only a few short miles south of Little Rock and N. Little Rock. Treat yourself to a gem of a park...its free! What do you have to lose?
Written December 9, 2019
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liz8811
Fort Myers Beach, FL10 contributions
it’s an underwhelming old empty field with a couple of mounds
Oct 2019
Negatives:
small museum.
small trails.
next to a residential area.
golf courses are nicer than this.
brochures were not informative at all.

Positives:
benches.
Written October 12, 2019
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Patti Beth A
Grove, OK971 contributions
Group friendly/ interesting and misnamed
Sep 2019 • Friends
Large state park. Video and hands on display. Nice museum display with explanations. Very friendly park staff. Small gift shop. Tram available to make loop around the mounds.
Written September 13, 2019
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Peaches18G
Arkansas108 contributions
Nice place
Aug 2019
My grandsons loved the animal skins. The video was interesting. The rangers are nice. I liked the Mound Lake area except for the bugs. This place is a must at visit for anyone in the local area.
Written August 25, 2019
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lb020839
Onia, AR54 contributions
Great Place for an Informative Hike
Jul 2018 • Friends
Toltec Mounds State Park is a great place to go for a hike into history. Younger kids will not "get it" but any savvy kid age 6 or older will have a blast. The small but engaging museum helps, especially the area with the animal skins that kids can play with.

Adults get even more out of it. This is a tiny piece of lost history. We know very little about the late Woodland and early Mississipian cultures that are referred to informally as the "mound cultures." If you've read any of the fictional "People of Cahokia" novels by the Gears, you'll know what they have imagined the mound cultures to be like, but that's just one possibility. It's pretty easy while visiting Toltec Mounds to imagine that era for yourself.

One word of warning: Don't expect to find anything here having to do with Mexico's Toltec peoples. These mounds in Arkansas were mis-named a long time ago, and unfortunately the name stuck. There's nothing Toltec about them. Instead, this location has to do with a group now called the Plum Bayou people, named for a body of water at one edge of the site. It is believed that this 'lake' was once part of the Arkansas River, but was isolated when the River changed course in the distant past. If in fact it was part of the River, the people from here could have easily visited the Cahokia area farther north.

This area was inhabited from 650 a.d. to 1050 a.d. No one knows for sure why it was abandoned. But it's a fascinating place to visit, hike around, and absorb echoes from the past.
Written April 7, 2019
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Thank you for the very informative and excellent review. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your visit!
Written April 8, 2019
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FitzFitz
Memphis, TN49 contributions
Boy Scout Events
Dec 2017
Trying to amass all 137 Merit Badges offered by the BOY Scouts of America, we hit a lot of places and travel to great lengths.....Toltec Mounds offers interesting insights on the land owned by Indians before Europeans came in and took it. We enjoy the many events this organization has sponsored.
Written November 26, 2018
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World_Traveler_Food
Little Rock, AR190 contributions
Central Arkansas Gem
Nov 2018 • Solo
What a nice place to have in your back yard if you live in Central Arkansas. While not as "old" as some other sites, the walking paths allow you to get closer to the mounds than others we've toured. So quiet and beautiful on a fall day, but probably wouldn't do this in summer - I imagine it's quite "buggy". The boardwalk along the Mound Lake (an Oxbow Lake created by the AR river) is gorgeous, including the many Cypress Trees and associated "knees" sticking out of the water. Visitor center is well done, and includes a few trinkets in the gift shop that are of interest. Not sure I'd make a special trip to see, but if you're doing as part of other Native American/Civil War/AR History sites and/or live in Central AR, certainly worth a visit. About 15 miles east of North Little Rock on US Highway 70/AR Highway 165.
Written November 17, 2018
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Thank you for the very nice review! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and observations. If you saw anything we can do to improve your experience and earn a "five star" review from you, give me a call at 501-961-9442 to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. Again, thanks for the great review and I hope you can come back soon. By the way, I completely agree, Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park is a "Central Arkansas Gem" and we hope to earn your visit.
Written November 19, 2018
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