Effigy Mounds in Harpers Ferry, Iowa (not West Virginia), provides a fascinating tour of an ancient Native American site. More than 200 earthen mounds are preserved on beautiful land overlooking Read more...
Effigy Mounds in Harpers Ferry, Iowa (not West Virginia), provides a fascinating tour of an ancient Native American site. More than 200 earthen mounds are preserved on beautiful land overlooking the Mississippi River on the Wisconsin border. More than 30 of these mounds depict animal shapes.
This sacred plot preserves a vital part of the culture of the Eastern Woodlands people. This group built mounds in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, most of which date back to sometime between 500 B.C. and 1300 A.D. Explore these prehistoric mounds thanks to 14 miles of trails throughout this wooded park. Some mounds are in the shapes of bears, while others show birds. One amazing group of these mounds has 10 bears and three birds, a formation archaeologists call the Marching Bears.
Hiking trails take you through heavily wooded areas and to a lookout point above the picturesque river. In winter time, keep an eye out for nesting bald eagles as they perch above the river looking for food. In autumn, fall foliage offers a beautiful reminder of nature's splendor. Scenic roads surrounding this area give you a Norman Rockwell-like view of this idyllic rural paradise. It's no wonder people have loved coming here for thousands of years.
When you hike through this park, please respect the sanctity of the mounds. Some of these may have been used as burial grounds.