The Mounds Trail

Crystal River, Florida

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A National Historic Site, this fourteen-acre park and its six-mound complex was one of the major ceremonial centers on Florida’s west coast for 1,600 years, from 200 B.C. to A.D. 1400. It was also one of the longest continually occupied sites in Florida; evidence traces human influence here back as far as 10,000 years. Much of the present area is a large cemetery, with an estimated 1,100 to 1,600 burials. The burials come from two distinct cultural periods, the earliest around 250 B.C., and others prior to A.D. 1300. The older burials have the more elaborate artifacts, including copper objects, mica, lead, and crystals received by trade with faroff peoples.
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Hiking North Florida and the Panhandle

by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon Guides)

A National Historic Site, this fourteen-acre park and its six-mound complex was one of the major ceremonial centers on Florida’s west coast for 1,600 years, from 200 B.C. to A.D. 1400. It was also one of the longest continually occupied sites in Florida; evidence traces human influence here back as far as 10,000 years.

Much of the present area is a large cemetery, with an estimated 1,100 to 1,600 burials. The burials come from two distinct cultural periods, the earliest around 250 B.C., and others prior to A.D. 1300. The older burials have the more elaborate artifacts, including copper objects, mica, lead, and crystals received by trade with faroff peoples.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Crystal River
Distance: 0.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: At kiosk
Driving Directions: Directions to The Mounds Trail

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May 2018