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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Harpers Ferry, IA
+1 563-873-3491
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Good bit of history and mystery

The Visitor Center here has a good exhibit and film that describes the Woodland Native Americans... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Minneapolis MN
Beautiful setting - best for history fan

On a fall color tour - frankly we stopped in passing to use restrooms at visitor center which were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sioux City, Iowa
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29 Of This Park's 191 Mounds Are In The Shape Of Animals.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Visitor Center here has a good exhibit and film that describes the Woodland Native Americans that built these mounds, and how the mounds were an integral part of their life and culture. I found it interesting that archeologists still don't have a good understanding...More

Thank TJLandof10000lakes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a fall color tour - frankly we stopped in passing to use restrooms at visitor center which were closed temporarily but port potty was provided. Setting is beautiful and we walked the short distance to the closest mounds. Hard to envision the shape from...More

Thank BikeHawk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't know much about the Effigy Mounds before we came here, but learned so much from the interesting visitor centre and the helpful park staff. They answered all our questions and explained about the mounds. We then walked through the woods to see the...More

Thank EzzyA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a short movie available to watch and there are the Rangers who are available for guided walks. There are numerous instructional paths to follow, with elevation, so bring good walking shoes

1  Thank Rqueen2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my second time visiting and again it was great!! We were unable to make it all the way up to the top to see the mounds but a ranger let us know about a few that were off of the accessible path starting...More

Thank Erica C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The wife and I finally made it here! We had discussed it on a previous trip to Iowa and didn't do it! This time fate allowed us to see it! The mound are very interesting and are an easy walk to see. We were amazed...More

Thank bcreff
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This is a great place to stop and learn about the mound builders that lived in the area hundreds of years ago. The place is a no fee area and run by the National Park Service. The small museum shows the history of the area...More

Thank jes22
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

The only way to see the mounds was quite a hike; 2 miles was the short one. Not everyone in our group was able to go. The bathrooms were closed but they had portable toilets. The film was okay but a bit dated. I guess...More

1  Thank Karen H
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

There is a visitor center and they offer a 15 minute film but the real experience is while walking the trails and seeing the burial mounds. In addition to that, there are fantastic views of the Mississippi River and its surroundings. It's about a 300...More

Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

So, I have an interest in all Native American things and had to stop here on a road trip. I was happy to learn that there are no made up stories about what these mounds are or might be...they readily admit we really don't know!...More

Thank Dee M
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7 August 2017|
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Response from AndyKansasCity | Reviewed this property |
Website shows the zip code 52146. Enjoy your trip!
29 March 2017|
Response from EmilyT508 |
There is no cost fir admission.