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Best trails in Effigy Mounds National Monument

178 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, walking trails, historic site trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Effigy Mounds National Monument ranging from 0.8 to 5.5 miles and from 629 to 1,079 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Sacred Space The mounds preserved here are considered sacred by many Americans, especially the Monument's 12 affiliated American Indian tribes. A visit offers opportunities to contemplate the meanings of the mounds and the people who built them. The 200 plus American Indian mounds are located in one of the most picturesque sections of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Open sunrise to sunset, weather permitting.

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Map of trails in Effigy Mounds National Monument
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact
563-873-3491 ext. 20
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Top trails (7)
#1 - Eagle Rock, Fire Point and Little Bear Mound Group Loop
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 53 m
Eagle Rock, Fire Point and Little Bear Mound Group Loop is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Monona, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The traiShow more
#2 - Little Bear, Great Bear, Twin View and Third Scenic View
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
The most difficult part of the hike is the beginning heading up to the top of the hill. Once you reach the top inclines and declines are gradual with spectacular river views, an abundance of bald eagShow more
#3 - Little Bear and Great Bear Mound Group to Twin Views and Eagle Rock Loop
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Little Bear and Great Bear Mound Group to Twin Views and Eagle Rock Loop is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Harpers Ferry, Iowa and is good for all skill levels. The trail is priShow more
#4 - Hanging Rock Trail
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
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#5 - Yellow River Bridge Trail
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
Yellow River Bridge Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Harpers Ferry, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hShow more
#6 - Marching Bear Group and Founder's Pond Overlook
Effigy Mounds National Monument
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Marching Bear Group and Founder's Pond Overlook is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Harpers Ferry, Iowa and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hShow more
#7 - Founders Pond and Nezekaw Point Overlook
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Founders Pond and Nezekaw Point Overlook is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Harpers Ferry, Iowa and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, waShow more