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Moundville Archaeological Park

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Address: 10375 Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville, AL 35474
Phone Number:
+1 205-371-2234
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Called "The Big Apple of the 14th Century" by National...

Called "The Big Apple of the 14th Century" by National Geographic, Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America's largest city north of Mexico. Located on the Black Warrior River 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, the park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian Indians constructed 28 massive flat-topped earthen pyramids, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. The mounds served as elevated platforms for civic and ceremonial structures and the homes of nobles. Today, the panoramic landscape provides stunning views of these ancient monuments while the park's museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site. A campground with modern amenities and a conference center available for private function rentals compliment this historically and culturally significant site.

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Amazing mounds

This is the third time I have visited here. It is so interesting - and the gift shop is great! I love seeing how the ancient people lived and never can visit without buying... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the third time I have visited here. It is so interesting - and the gift shop is great! I love seeing how the ancient people lived and never can visit without buying interesting things to take home.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Moundville is one of the two most important mound builder (Mississippian culture) sites. During its heyday, it was the largest city north of Mexico and it was the second largest city until the modern era. The mounds are made of earth and not stone, so they lack the details of their southern cousins in Latin America, but the size and... More 

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Brescia, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Not far from Tuscaloosa its a great way to spend a few hours. Very interesting displays and they even have food and coffee if you want.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I stopped here while on a road trip. I didn't have my RV with me, but the campground looks nice, with hookups and lots of shade. All the sites are grass, no pavement or gravel. Pam's diner just down the road seems nice. This place has a bunch of mounds you can walk by or drive by. There are a... More 

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Moundville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Native America is brought to life through artifacts, Indian mounds, trails and huts. The yearly October Native Festival is wonderful

Thank Jackie S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Barely a dozen miles off of Interstate 59/20 south of Tuscaloosa, this park offers peaceful observation with a number of large placards to reveal the history that has been discovered here. The modest admission price for this archeological park is well worth the sights and the stories you will find from natives past. There is a slow-speed paved road with... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I loved this place! I had been so excited to go to visit and it didn't disappoint. If you like walking and history you will enjoy going to Moundville. It is a 300 acre park. My husband and I was here for two hours and forty minutes. So depending how long you want to zip through, because you can drive... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Located just outside Tuscaloosa this is definitely a treasure. A short film provides the history of Moundville which includes the mysterious disappearance of Native Americans in the mid 1500's. Archeologists and historians have pulled together the story of people based on artifacts that have been discovered onsite. Less than ten percent of the grounds have been excavated. The grounds are... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

My father is from Moundville, and I grew up going to this park, which locals just call "The Mounds." Recently. I returned to the Mounds for the first time in years. I was very impressed with the renovations/upgrades at the museum, including an observation deck atop one of the Mounds. Loved seeing the pottery and stoneware artifacts on display. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

As locals we have been visiting Moundville Archaeological Park since we were kids. It's a great place to appreciate the past and all that the Native Americans endured. All of their mounds are beautiful, and you should check our their museum during business hours as well! The land sits right up to The Black Warrior River. It sparkles in the... More 

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