Poverty Point World Heritage Site

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Poverty Point World Heritage Site

Poverty Point World Heritage Site
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Historic site that features Native American artifacts dating back twelve centuries before the birth of Christ.
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Wanda W
Santa Fe, TX19 contributions
Poverty Point was well worth the visit.
May 2021 • Friends
Poverty Point archeological site was very impressive. The Universities of Louisiana have been working for years to uncover artifacts of long ago.
The facilities were immaculate. Wearing a mask was your choice.
Admission is $4 each or free to Seniors.
You can drive or walk a self guided tour. Pick up tour pamphlet at interpretation center after you view the 12 minute informative movie.
Allow for about an hour to see and drive tour.
We like history and science so this was very interesting to us.
To think that science can help date back almost 3,500 years ago is amazing. To know it is in America is awesome. To know it is in Louisiana and close enough for a visit was wonderful.
Written May 16, 2021
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bandman15
Natchitoches, LA864 contributions
Amazing state park
Apr 2021 • Solo
This is a wonderful look back in history to 2000 BC. I recommend the 2.5 mile trail walk but you can drive or ride a tram as well. Mark was in duty at the Visitors Center and he was so informative. I highly recommend this even though it is a bit out of the way!
Written April 18, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD5,042 contributions
2014 UNESCO 1600 BC earthworks site.
Sep 2020
We stopped here to compare this Native American site to Illinois Cahokia which we visited last week. This one is far older by over 2000 years but both of their collection of mounds were all built with backbreaking hand labor.
After signing in and obtaining our free senior entrance, a masked attendant showed us into the auditorium for the excellent 12 minute movie providing a great overview of these early Native Americans. After perusing the museum, we were given a multi page guide to accompany our 2 mile self-drive tour on the one lane circuit of the mound site.
Much like 1982 UNESCO Cahokia, its very impressive
Written September 26, 2020
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Vacationer298949
22 contributions
Not Very Interesting
Aug 2020
Honestly, this was just not a very interesting place to visit. I wanted to like it, but basically it was looking at hills and hearing speculation as to what they were used for.
Written August 29, 2020
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Robert C
Gulf Shores, AL2,673 contributions
Mound Complex in NE Louisiana
Mar 2020
This was my first trip to Poverty Point, but it has been high on my list since it has a UNESCO WHS designation. I have visited Cahokia Mounds, also a UNESCO site and Moundsville, Al. This site is by far the largest. I took the driving tour and walked around the site. The museum was closed due to Covid but that was OK. Some time I'll come back to see the PPO's (Poverty Point Objects) and other artifacts found here. This site is somewhat different than other mound sites simply because of its complexity in the build and its size. The history of it is quite interesting if that's your thing, and because it was inhabited by different civilizations at different periods in time it makes it more interesting. You can drive the paved loop around the property and stop at various spots and read about them without leaving your car or you can walk around. They also have a tram. I will come back some time to see the museum.
Written April 6, 2020
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Zephyr_Travel
Fredericksburg, VA2,611 contributions
Great Remote Site for History and National Park Buffs
Oct 2019
The Visitor Center and Museum are small, back packed with really interesting and unique artifacts. Definitely chose to see the out video to get a better understanding of the area and it's significance. The ancientness of this site, compared to other similar native american mound sites is significant. We followed the driving tour and read from a printed site guide. Our highlight was the museum, due to not being able to walk up the very large main mound. We didn't hike due to large rainfall during our visit. Some of the other sites are difficult to see from the road, due to weather and erosion over time. If you come to hike, definitely pack a lunch as you are far away from most amenities. It is an easy site to get around with small children. Came here during a visit to Vicksburg MS to visit close by National Park sites.
Written February 8, 2020
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Terri J
Ponchatoula, LA35 contributions
Great historic site
Feb 2020 • Couples
No crowds, easy to walk (2.5 mile - (1 mound which is uphill, if desired,) flat loop trail) or driving tour where your imagination can run wild picturing a hunter/gather “city” 1800-1000 BC. Small but informative museum/visitor center- definitely watch the short (15 min?) video in the visitor center.
Mark an interpretive ranger gave us a lot of information and even did a demonstration of a primitive stone drill. Be aware- there are no “structures” per say but instead mounds and remnants of semi elliptical earthen rows-
The museum has hundreds of artifacts found at the site. Tram not running on the day we visited. It was an easy, not crowded and quick (saw it all, leisurely pace in 2.5 hours) way to see an amazing place.
Written February 2, 2020
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polecracker50
24 contributions
The history of North America will never be the same.
Jan 2020
I stopped to see what all the artifact hunters have led me to. As you drive into the site you are in the shadow of a great mound. The shear size of the mounds is amazing. To know it was all done one basket at a time. On the right is the visitor center and museum.
In front of the museum is a information center with large pictures and descriptions of the site. Once inside the museum you will find a great treasure. Her name is Miss Mellisa, she was the museum host. The excitement she has for the site is infectious. Mellisa was eager to answer any questions about the history of the site you may have. And if she didn't know, she tried her best to get the correct answer. I was also fortunate to be able to talk to the site Archeologist. I learned so much from these two individuals. The history and age of Poverty point is mind blowing. The how, who and when will feed your curiosity for years to follow. the site also has a hiking trail throughout the mounds or a self guided car tour. Weather permitting they have a tram tour with a guide. if you like early Native history, Poverty Point is definitely a site to see.
Written January 27, 2020
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John B
Santa Fe, NM265 contributions
Ancient civilzation in Louisiana - who knew?
Dec 2019
We have visited World Heritage sites all over the world, including several that are National Parks in the U. S. But, we had to visit Poverty Point after reading that people started building huge mounds here around 1650 BC (and abandoned the site ~1100 BC). We have only 23 WHS in the U. S., and I believe this represents the oldest cultural history evidence that we have. The mounds and ridges don't look like much today at first glance, but you have to recognize the work that went into moving millions of baskets of dirt to build them. And, even better are the artifacts that have been recovered and displayed in the small museum. It's best to start with the video in the Visitor's Center, and the staff person was very friendly and knowledgeable. He gave us a small brochure that describes what you will see in the 11 locations on the self-driving tour. And, note that name of the site comes from a plantation that was here starting about 1850.
Written December 16, 2019
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CathyP1953
Myrtle Beach, SC1,237 contributions
History Site!!!
Oct 2019 • Couples
I enjoyed the video shown at the Visitors Center. So much research has gone into the exploration of this ancient society of hunters and gatherers. Very intriguing!! I appreciated the displays of artifacts. Great site for school group field trip.
Written October 21, 2019
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Poverty Point World Heritage Site is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM