• A plush carpet of green grass covering the Mound City Group in summer

    Hopewell Culture

    National Historical Park Ohio

Things To Do

Visitor Center & DVD cover

MCG Visitor Center & Orientation Film

Film DVD cover photo courtesy of Camera One

Visitor Center

The park's Visitor Center at Mound City Group features the 19-minute film, Mysteries of the Ancient Architects, and a museum containing artifacts excavated from Mound City Group. Guided tours and patio talks are available in the summer and by special arrangement. Contact the Visitor Center for more information by phone at 740-774-1126 or by email.

 
Nature trail at Mound City Group.

Interpretive trail at Mound City Group.

Interpretive Trails

A self-guided interpretive trail of the mounds is located at Mound City Group. Another trail circles the outer perimeter of these earthworks. A trail to the Central Mound at Seip Earthworks is maintained by the Ohio Historical Society. Additional trails are under Consideration at Hopewell Mound Group and Seip Earthworks.

Bring along our nature checklist to help identify birds, flowers and insects you might see along the way!

 
Bike trail in front of Hopewell Mound Group.

A bicyclist pedals west, along the Tri-County Triangle Trail at Hopewell Mound Group.

Multi-Use Trail

One mile of the Tri-County Triangle Trail runs through the park's Hopewell Mound Group unit. This multi-use trail connects the towns of Chillicothe, Frankfort and Washington Court House via a 28+ mile paved section. Parking and restrooms are located adjacent to the trail at the park's facilities on Sulphur Lick Road. For more information about the Tri-County Triangle Trail, click here.

Did You Know?

Pink heelsplitter mussel

Freshwater mussels were an important resource for Hopewellian people. They were used as food, provided pearls for ornaments and shells were utilized for hoes. Although plentiful during the Middle Woodland period, over-harvesting and low water quality have reduced their numbers drastically today. Many freshwater mussels are on the State and Federal Endangered Species list. More...