Effigy Mounds National Monument - North and South Units

Marquette, Iowa 52158

Effigy Mounds National Monument - North and South Units

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Traversing the bluffs that overlook the confluence of the Mississippi and Yellow Rivers provides one of the best cultural history lessons to be found in Iowa.

After a day spent wandering among the earthen sculptures of bird and bear, you’ll undoubtedly return. Of 10,000 mounds thought once to have existed in northeastern Iowa, 191 known mounds lie within the monument, 29 of which are shaped like animals. Two units include 13 miles of trails that navigate the forested bluffs, pass through prairie remnants and reconstructions, and pause at the overlooks where the remarkable mounds rest."

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Trail Information

Marquette
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
12.5
Distance
2,730 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Approximately 5 to 6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS Prairie du Chien
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