Basic Information

16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Take U.S. 23. Exit U.S. 23 at State Route 207 and turn right. Continue on S.R. 207 for 2 miles until it merges with S.R. 104 (Make no turns, continue straight on road as it turns into S.R. 104). Follow S.R. 104, turn left into park (approximately 1.8 miles past the S.R. 104 & S.R. 207 intersection), follow entrance road to visitor center.

Mound City Group Visitor Center

Hours for the Mound City Group visitor center building. Open every day of the week except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Standard Hours

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Park Entrance

Park Grounds

The park grounds at Mound City Group, Hopewell Mound Group and Seip Earthworkds are open every day of the year, during daylight hours.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Monday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Tuesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Wednesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Thursday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Friday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Saturday: Sunrise - Sunset

The park lies in a humid continental zone with a generally temperate climate. Winters are mildly cold with average temperatures around 30 degrees (F). Summers are hot and humid with an average temperature around 75 degrees (F). Average annual total rainfall is just under 38". Snowfall in the winter is generally light with an average total snowfall of less than 24".

Entrance Fees:

No Entrance Fees - $0.00

There are no entrance fees to any of the five park sites.

Entrance Passes:

America the Beautiful Pass - $80.00

The park sells the annual American the Beautiful pass ($80) along with the Senior Pass ($10), Military Annual Pass and Access Pass.

Every Kid in a Park Pass - $0.00

The park has the Every Kid in a Park Pass available for distribution to kids who have a validated voucher.

Mound City Group Visitor Center

The only visitor center among all open sites of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is at Mound City Group. Except for Thanksgiving Day, December 25th and New Year's Day, the visitor center maintains regular Hours of Operation on a daily basis. Mound City Group visitor center is located on the north side of Chillicothe, near two State of Ohio correctional facilities and Unioto Schools.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is located in south-central Ohio, in the town of Chillicothe, about one hour south of Columbus, Ohio. The park's 2016 visitation numbers totaled over 58,000 people. Peak visitation for the park is usually between the months of March and October.

Let Us Help You Plan Your Visit

  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is located in the south-central Ohio area, about a one hour drive south of Columbus.
  • The Visitor Center at Mound City Group is the park's only such facility. Visit the Directions page to determine the best way to reach the Visitor Center.
  • Before you begin your journey to the park, be sure to check on the current traffic and Road Conditions around the park and Chillicothe area.
  • Check on the normal Operating Hours for Hopewell Culture NHP.
  • If you are with a commercial photography or film crew, please review the requirements before visiting the park.
  • Browse the park Calendar to see what events are planned for your visit.
  • There are no entrance fees to visit Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.
  • Get the current Weather conditions for the park and surrounding area.
  • Finish your trip planning by visiting the Eating & Sleeping page to find local area eateries and accommodations.
  • Interpretive trails at the Mound City Group unit are handicap accessible. Please use caution as trails may be slightly uneven due to surfaces of grass, gravel, and wood chips. The visitor center does have one off-road type wheelchair available to those in need of mobility assistance. Wheelchair is first-come, first-serve and is available for use during normal visitor center hours of operation (every day, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm).
  • Hopeton Earthworks is now open to the public and has a 1.1 mile (round trip) trail that leads to an area overlook where visitors can view remnants of the earthworks.
  • A 2.5 mile trail is accessible at the Hopewell Mound Group unit. Trail is partially paved, gravel and grass. This site also contains a covered picnic shelter (first-come, first-serve basis) and accessible restrooms.
  • Seip Earthworks has no paved trails. Trails may be uneven and only mowed grass. There is a small portable restroom available at this site, located near the old farm house. Also, there is a covered picnic area available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Visiting the park with your pet? Find out where Pets can and cannot go while on park grounds.
  • High Bank Earthworks is not yet open for public visitation.
  • Looking for more National Park Service areas? You can stay right here in the Buckeye state and see eight more National Park Service sites throughout the state.

Last updated: July 21, 2017

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Mailing Address:

16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601


(740) 774-1126

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