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
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.
Did You Know?
In 1880, Alfred J. Hill and Theodore H. Lewis formed the Northwestern Archeological Survey for the purpose of surveying mounds in the Upper Mississippi Valley. Lewis spent eleven field seasons in Iowa and was the first to map mounds in the present Effigy Mounds National Monument.