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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Harpers Ferry, IA
+1 563-873-3491
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Well maintained and interesting site to visit

This is a great place to stop and hike their well maintained trails. Really great views and well... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Winona, Minnesota
Great visit

The visitor center was good and has public restrooms. The hike up the trail initially is somewhat... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
Geŋŋy E
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to stop and hike their well maintained trails. Really great views and well worth the hike. Even uphill! The Visitors Center has a great museum with local artifacts and many interesting bits of information about the Mounds and their inhabitants....More

Thank marpau1
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

The visitor center was good and has public restrooms. The hike up the trail initially is somewhat strenuous but definitely doable. There were families with young children who did it without a problem. Once at the top, it is generally level. This is a sacred...More

Thank Geŋŋy E
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We had a beautiful, snowy, hike here. Gorgeous scenery, amazing history, and a very nice visitor center.

Thank IowaGirl-in-Germany
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I didn't realize this park is on the Mississippi River. Somehow I had it in mind that it was going to be flat land. It is not. Besides the very nice Visitors' Center, there are some really great hiking trails that go up the bluffs,...More

Thank Anne D
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Most of the best animal-shaped mounds are at the top of the bluff over the Mississippi River. The hike to get there is steep. Unless you are in excellent shape, you will need to stop and rest at the benches provided. Bring water. I was...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Although we were at Effigy Mounds for a specific purpose, we had always been curious as to what the park holds. We are eager to go back when the weather is more conducive to hiking since most of the mounds require that. There are three...More

Thank Allison399
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is an area where Indian buried their dead in very large mounds shaped like animals and other things. There are over 200 mounds in this park. There is a small museum. There are many hiking trails. This is a very picturesque area above the...More

Thank 4grandtravel4
Reviewed 16 December 2016

We stopped to visit on our way out of Wisconsin to South Dakota, and we didn't have a lot of time to visit, but wanted to stop and see the park and visitor center, and so my son could do the Junior Ranger badge. The...More

1  Thank karenS0322
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Effigy Mounds National Monument breaks down into several sections, from a short 1 mile accessible walk across the Yellow River near the Visitor Center, to about 10 miles of trails in each of the North Unit and South Unit sections. Plus the Sny Magill section...More

1  Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

The staff upon entering the visitor center were very attentive and helpful. Showed us our options of things to do. When we came back from the hike they asked how things were. Nice gift shop and exhibits.

Thank Jeanette H
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Need to know directions from Best Western Dubuque, rates of admission, facilities etc. Should be in area around 20th to 24th September
29 March 2017|
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We should be in the area around 20th to 24th September. We intend staying at the Best western in Dubuque, and this would be one of our day trips. Just need to know the routine : - Directions, rates of entry, facilities etc.
29 March 2017|
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Response from crc763 | Reviewed this property |
i agree with CTB. follow the Iowa great river road north. National Scenic Byway. Great trip with beautiful views at every turn. Effigy Mounds is a very historic area. Pikes Peak Park worth the time also. enjoy your... More
Are there ANY TRAILS that people, not fit for strenuous climbing, or people in wheel chairs can enjoy at Effigy Mounds National Monument Park ? ? ?
3 October 2015|
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Response from DeeDee2215 | Reviewed this property |
We only had time to do the trails by the visitor center, yes there is a hill right at the beginning, once you make it up that its fairly level. There are benches to rest at several places on the way up. We didn't go to the... More