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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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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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
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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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On the Way to Charlotte's in Keo and Worth a Stop

A very interesting state park that documents the Native Americans who occupied this area in Arkansas. Outside the museum and gift shop are large mounds that can be toured.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Little Rock, AR
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Little Rock, AR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very interesting state park that documents the Native Americans who occupied this area in Arkansas. Outside the museum and gift shop are large mounds that can be toured.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Many Indian artifacts, pottery, arrow heads, civil war information. Old farm equipment. Small museum, but lots of information.

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Stewart C, Manager at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, responded to this review

I'm happy you enjoyed your visit and found it to be interesting. Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park is a great place to learn and explore the prehistory of Arkansas Native Americans. Just for clarification, it is at Plantation Agriculture Museum located only a short 4 miles away that has a museum dedicated to exhibits and programs that interpret the history... More 

Sam Roi Yot, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Didn't know what to expect, shown a short video, given a map, went on the short walk and was surprised by the lake which is very picturesque with some great cypress trees growing out of the water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in the Little Rock area, make a trip here for an hour or so. Wear walking shoes, bug spray, and sunscreen. There is a 10 min video in the visitor center that is worth watching for the history lesson. Then grab a guidebook and go walk! You cannot walk on the mounds, but around them. And then... More 

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Stewart C, Manager at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, responded to this review

Excellent tips for visitors. Thank you for sharing and encouraging others to visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you enjoy exploring mounds and a nice nature hike, this is an excellent site to visit. The museum was small but offered insightful information. The trail maps were excellent and offered good reading while you walked on the trails. We only did the 0.8 hike but there's also a 1.6 as well. I recommend that you bring water, put... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

What a friendly host. We didn't have a lot of time traveling from Memphis to Nashville but this was a great pit stop. We got some history, walked a bit, grabbed a snack, used the restroom and bought a souvenir all in 30 min. You could spend longer here and another trip we may. A. Griffin was a great host...knowledgeable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

My husband my and I were looking for attractions along the interstate between Memphis and Hot Springs and found this delightfully fascinating historic site operated by the state of Arkansas. I work for a historic park and so, naturally, this site was interesting to me, but my husband also thought it was a unique gem of a museum and park.... More 

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Cabot, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

My latest trip to Toltec was for a Boy Scout Pottery Merit Badge workshop. Toltec is a great outing. So much history at this site. I love to delve into what we know of the ancient people who used to gather here and speculate about what we don't know. The mathematics of their mount design and layout is unbelievable. The... More 

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Paron, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

The tour was excellent. The visitor center helped the children imagine what life had been like 1000 years ago and how these mysterious mounds may have played a role in the daily lives of the people who lived here.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

I love this place. My family lived on this site in the 30's and 40's. The museum is small but nice. and the park rangers that run it are so so nice and are always willing to talk with you. Worth the trip out to it. Will be back.

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