Greenwood Village: Prehistoric Earthwork

In a forested area an informational sign in brown metal frame; title reads
A wayside exhibit with information about this prehistoric earthwork.

NPS / Arrye Rosser

Quick Facts
Park at Red Lock Trailhead, 1175 Highland Road, Sagamore Hills, Ohio 44067. Walk north on the Towpath Trail to the Old Carriage Trail.
This site is one of two recorded Whittlesey sites in the valley, and the only one a trail passes through. These peoples lived here about 500-1100 years ago and archaeologists are still learning about them.
Ohio & Erie Canal District, Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, Ohio to Erie Trail, Industrial Heartland Trail Network

Audio Description, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits

The area around this site is now deeply wooded. Yet between 500-1100 years ago, the area was once an important ceremonial site for the people of the Late Woodland period. These native peoples lived in permanent villages, with fields of corn on the river bottoms below. Imagine instead of the birdcalls of the woods, the sounds of people gathering for an important religious event, perhaps singing, dancing, or chanting. Imagine digging the dirt out of the hillsides to create miles of ceremonial mounds, basketful by basketful of dirt.

This ceremonial site was first recorded and described by Charles Whittlesey in 1847. 20 years later, the site had been deeply disturbed by plowing. Please help us maintain these earthworks by staying on the trail, so other peoples after you can wonder about the life of these early inhabitants.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Last updated: June 5, 2023