A wide variety of guided tours and talks are offered throughout the year. During the summer, guided interpretive tours to Fire Point are offered when staffing is available. For all program opportunities check our "Calendar of Events".
Self-guided and interpretive tours often start with our 15 minute "Earthshapers" film about how and why the American Indians built the mounds.
A two-mile hike along the Fire Point Trail leads to over 20 mounds, including conical, linear, compound and bear effigy mounds. There is a Fire Point Trail Guide available in the bookstore for a self-guided tour.
The Marching Bears is a four-mile hike in the South Unit. Guided tours are offered on special occasions.
Hanging Rock is a seven-mile hike from the Visitor Center.
Stones, Bones and Sticks
Did You Know?
Stephen H. Long, of the U.S. Army's Topographical Engineers, explored and described the Effigy Mounds National Monument region in expeditions undertaken in 1817 and 1823. Long was one of the first to document the presence of mounds in the Upper Mississippi River Valley.