The Effigy Mounds National Monument is a pawrifically historical place that honors the first Americans. Many tribes contributed to the more than 200 mounds found on the 2,500 acres of land located north of Marquette, Iowa. These mounds were built during the Late Woodland Period, which lands about 1400 to 750 B.P. While many mounds were built to represent wildlife, such as birds, bison, panthers and bears, conical mounds were built as burial places. Long, rectangular mounds were built for yet unknown reasons, but speculations have ranged from ceremonial purposes, seasonal and celestial observances, to boundary markers.
Whatever the reason, the mounds take us back to a different time. Hiking the trails around the mounds gives a unique opportunity for you and your pup to view these mysterious remnants of a past era. Visitors to the monument can enjoy cross-country skiing, hiking, and guided trail walks amidst these awe-inspiring features. Trails range in mileage and take you to various points of interest in the monument's areas, such as the Nezekaw Point Overlook, Eagle Rock, Fire Point, and Hanging Rock.
There are also several amenities in the park that visitors can use, including a visitor center and human restrooms. Be sure to bring along some clean-up bags for your pup, and keep this historic area pristine. It's always good to have water to share on hand too. While dogs are not allowed inside any buildings, they can walk the trails with you on a leash no longer than six feet.
Entrance is free to the trails which are open year round, from dawn to dusk. Parking is available at the Visitor's Center, where you can jump onto the trails, and back in time!
For a unique walk your pup won't soon furget, head to the Effigy Mounds National Monument!