• A rainbow arches over the Mound City Group after a thunderstorm

    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?

State Route 104 entrance

Established on March 2nd, 1923 as Mound City Group National Monument, the park was the first federally created National Park Service site in Ohio. President Warren G. Harding, a native of Ohio, established the national monument using powers granted to him under Section 2 of the 1906 Antiquities Act. The park was eventually re-named Hopewell Culture National Historical Park on May 27th, 1992 after congressional legislation was approved in the House and the Senate. More...