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

    Effigy Mounds

    National Monument Iowa

Things To Know Bicycle Information

Hiking Trail at Effigy Mounds

Wood Chipped Hiking Trail Near Fire Point.

NPS Photo

There are no bicycle trails nor is the use of bicycles allowed in the Monument. 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. From Marquette, State Highway 76 is a very narrow road with no shoulders nestled between railroad tracks and a sheer 400 foot limestone hillside. From the north Highway 76 approaches Effigy Mounds on a narrow roadway including a steep downhill grade.

Did You Know?

Ellison Orr at Desk: Most of Orr's collections reside at effigy Mounds National Monument

An important figure in the documentation of Iowa's effigy mounds was Ellison Orr. Born in 1857, Orr worked other jobs while pursuing research in archeology. After retiring at the age of 73, Orr began a career as an archeologist spending the next 20 years conducting surveys and excavations.