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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Bicycling Information

Hiking Trail at Effigy Mounds

Hiking trail to Fire Point.

NPS Photo

There are no bicycle trails, nor use of bicycles on the Monument's hiking and walking trails. High impact recreational activity is limited at the Monument due to the sacred nature of the site.

Traveling by bicycle to Effigy Mounds can be dangerous; please use extreme caution on the approaches to the visitor center along HWY 76. There are no shoulders as you ride along a highway that hugs close to a railroad track (on the Mississippi River side) and 400 foot limestone bluff faces on the other.

Agricultural semi-trucks have trouble controlling their speed while trying to negotiate the steep downgrade on the approach from Harpers Ferry, IA.

From Marquette, motor vehicle operators need to concentrate on other vehicles to avoid hitting each other near the center line, especially when trying to avoid large chunks of limestone that intermittently fall from the bluff face.

Did You Know?

Marching Bear Mound Group lies beside the route of the Military Road

Soldiers built a military road that eventually extended approximately fifty miles, connecting Fort Atkinson with Fort Crawford. The road — which passed through the monument's South Unit — was one of the first government-authorized roads within what would become the State of Iowa.