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“Impressive first stop at an Arkansas State Park”

Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Scott
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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 the top of any of the mounds. At other parks, this provides the best view of the park, and aides in putting the ancient village in perspective. There are two main trails that offer views of the oxbow lake, and that run in between the mounds. Hands on programs seem to very popular as well.

Thank Samuel L
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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 March and had a great time. There is a very interesting movie to orient visitors as well. Lots of school groups come here to visit and they are well prepared to handle them. Great State Park. Highly recommended.

Thank DanandSharon
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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 gather periodically. There is some evidence that the layout is designed to celebrate the solstice and equinox. Frankly, I think these folks just missed the mountains and built some of their own. LOL

Thank Janet S
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Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

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 eight. We opted for the shorter route but we still saw all the visible mounds. The longer tour encompasses all the known mounds, still visible or not. Be sure to visit the boardwalk that runs behind one of the mounds on Mound Lake. The short video in the visitors' center is a must to really understand the layout and appreciate the site.

Thank Love2Wrestle
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

The trip was short the information led you to want to do more searching. I felt like I had stumbled up on a little of the past. How & Why were the questions I explored with my child. She was so excited and she wanted to search other sites in our state. Learning Can Be Fun she said. Score one for the boring parent.

Thank Debra A
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