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Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park

490 Toltec Mounds Rd, Scott, AR 72142-9502
+1 501-961-9442
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Despite its name, this was not settled by the Toltec Indians. This was an assumption made when the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brian M
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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Interesting

This is a nice place off the beaten path. Easy walk and a nice view of the lake. Nice place inside... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2017
324taram
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Austin
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A National Historic Landmark, the Toltec Mounds site comprises one of the largest and most impressive archeological sites in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Preserved here are Arkansas's tallest American Indian mounds. Three mounds remain where 18 once stood surrounded by an earthen embankment eight to ten feet in height, a portion of which is still visible today. These ancient earthworks are the remains of the late-Woodland thru early-Mississippian Period ceremonial and governmental complex which was inhabited here from A.D. 650 to 1050. The park visitor center features exhibits including artifacts from the site, an A/V theater, and archeological research laboratory. A meeting room and enclosed pavilion (with restrooms) that overlooks the mounds are available for rent. Take a self-guided tour on the 3/4-mile barrier-free trail or 1.6-mile turf trail, or a guided tour by reservation. Park interpreters lead guided tours and programs throughout the week by group reservation and at scheduled times on Saturdays. The archeological site/research station is cooperatively managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Archeological Survey. The Toltec Research Station of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, a unit of the University of Arkansas system, and its laboratory are housed in the park visitor center. Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park is one of Arkansas's two archeological sites cooperatively managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Archeological Survey as both a state park and an archeological research station. The other is Parkin Archeological State Park at Parkin.
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490 Toltec Mounds Rd, Scott, AR 72142-9502
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Despite its name, this was not settled by the Toltec Indians. This was an assumption made when the place was originally discovered by Europeans. In fact not much is known about the people who built the mounds. Modern archaeologists have uncovered a lot about the...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

This is a nice place off the beaten path. Easy walk and a nice view of the lake. Nice place inside as well. A few gifts to buy. They also have a building for events. The trails are only accessible when they are open. Free...More

Thank 324taram
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Other reviews led me to believe that we could walk around the mounds even after the visitor's center was closed. My mistake -- the parking lot is gated, there's a fence around the whole place, and we saw a patrol car heading down the road...More

Thank Cynthia T
Stewart C, Manager at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

I'm sorry to hear that you arrived after our normal operating hours. Yes, the park does close access to the parking lot and trails after closing. This National Historic Landmark is a protected archeological site and only accessible during published operational hours when staff are...More

Reviewed 22 July 2017

The Toltec Mounds are worth a visit. They are among the largest in Arkansas, if not the largest. The State Park has done a good job in preserving the site. The museum in the visitor center is well done, and goes into detail what archeologists...More

Thank TallTexWally
Stewart C, Manager at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thank you for the excellent review! I'm so happy to hear you had a great experience and enjoyed your visit. You certainly retained a lot of the information we share with visitors! I'm pleased we were able to be a part of your exploration of...More

Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Entry into the park is free. There is a 10 minute video, which provides the basics. The museum contains a wide range of exhibits from the early American Indian civilization which populated the area. There are 2 hiking trails, the shortest of which is about...More

1  Thank David T
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Living in Arkansas, I’ve passed the signs on Highway 165 pointing to this State Park many times. At the request of an out-of-town friend, we visited the park. I’m glad we did. Our afternoon turned out to be a fascinating stroll through a bit of...More

1  Thank Richard F
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Interactive exhibits and a beautiful walk/hike to see the mounds. Great information on something I'd never even heard of and super friendly staff. Worth an hour-ish stop for adults but if you have kids, they would really enjoy this and get to get some energy...More

Thank codegrl40
Stewart C, Manager at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and found the staff to be friendly and helpful. That is always one of our goals. I noticed our rating from you indicate some improvement is necessary. If you have opportunity, I invite you to send...More

Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We were disappointed when we arrived that the power was out and we could not see exhibits in the visitors center. We were able to walk the short trail and see the mounds. It is very interesting and educational. Staff was very nice and helpful!!...More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Interesting state park. Amazing how it was preserved. Watch the short film to explain the park. Kids liked running around outside.

Thank melissan170
Reviewed 19 November 2016

This isn't the biggest or the most significant Mississippian site, but it is well interpreted. More importantly, it is a profoundly quiet place-a place to reflect on what the Mississippian people were doing at Toltec Mounds 800 years ago and life as a whole. It...More

1  Thank John T
Stewart C, Manager at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2016

John T, thank you for visiting Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park and thank you for taking the time to share your experience with everyone. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and was able to experience the peaceful serenity of the site. I wanted...More

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lwrigood5
19 September 2016|
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Response from Terry T | Reviewed this property |
It's wheel chair accessible but don't know if they have them, ask them they're great people ....
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Debbie S
1 September 2016|
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Response from Terry T | Reviewed this property |
First of all, watch the video in the visitor centre. We arrived early, just after 9:00, and were the only one's there. No more than 10 minutes walk to the mounds, add another 10 to see the lake behind them (well worth it... More
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darlafaye
26 August 2015|
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Response from Stewart C | Property representative |
Although the mounds are visible from AR HWY 386, to have a personal and up close experience, I recommend you visit during our operational hours. The park's grounds are closed to visitors whenever the visitor center is... More
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