• A quiet summer walk through the Marching Bear Group of effigy mounds

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Accessibility

Yellow River Boardwalk Trail

Yellow River Boardwalk Trail

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Accessible Resources

The visitor center, museum, book sales outlet and auditorium are accessible to wheelchairs. In addition, a one-mile round trip boardwalk trail is wheelchair accessible.

Although most Indian mound groups involve hiking along relatively long and steep trails, three burial mounds are accessible directly behind the visitor center.

 
Yellow River Boardwalk Trail

Yellow River Boardwalk Trail

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Yellow River Boardwalk Trail



For thousands of years, local American Indians were sustained by the bounty of the Mississippi and Yellow River wetlands. From beavers to arrowhead plants to the local clay, invaluable materials that were very much a part of ancient Iowans' everyday life were gathered from these wetlands.



The Yellow River Bridge Trail at Effigy Mounds National Monument, which is accessible to those with physical disabilities, allows visitors to explore the wetland environment. The walk over over recycled planks is approximately .5 of a mile long. Birders will enjoy the neotropical migrants and resident nesting birds that are frequently found along the boardwalk. Turtles, frogs, muskrats and other four-legged animals are also found in abundance here.

 
Boardwalk Trail Wetland
Boardwalk Trail Wetland
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Did You Know?

Ellison Orr Map of Marching Bear Group - Effigy Mounds N.M. Collections

Ellison Orr was 92 years old when Effigy Mounds National Monument was dedicated. The Monument owes much to his accurate maps, and careful cataloguing of hundreds of sites and artifacts. Orr died in 1951, leaving most of his personal collection of manuscripts, artifacts, and samples to the monument.