Surrounded by oak, beech, hickory, and even cypress swamps among the earthen mounds known to be used for burial and ceremonial purposes by prehistoric inhabitants, it’s an understatement to say Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park is a one-of-a-kind place to explore. Free to the public and boasting more than three miles of paved paths where road biking is allowed, the park offers a blend of cultural education and natural beauty for those in the mood for an easy ride through a place steeped in historical significance.
What Makes It Great
One of the defining factors of this park’s greatness is its accessibility to all members of the public, regardless of age or physical ability level. Half of it’s 6.3 miles of trails are paved for ADA compliance and also welcome cyclists—giving you quick and easy access to many of the park’s points of interest.
In particular, the Hudson Branch Trail and Mounds Great Outer Loop Trail are great for up to 3.3 miles of exploration by bicycle or wheelchair, and an additional paved trail (Mounds Inner Loop) provides a slightly more strenuous 1.3 miles of bike-friendly pavement.
After exploring the natural artifacts that the park offers, don’t miss the newly-remodeled park museum. The museum is designed as a traditional mound, with a theater, library, gift shop, and also hosts special events from lecture series to musical events featuring Native speakers and artists. There are ranger-led programs, and an annual event called Archaeofest, which celebrates archaeology and Native American culture.
Who is Going to Love It
Great for visitors who want to learn something about America’s original human inhabitants, the park’s bike trails offer an expedited way to get from one mound to the next.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From the park entrance on Ozier Road, go past the ranger station, group camp and first picnic shelter. Park in the lot alongside Picnic Shelter #2. Bike loops begin close to the park office nearby.