Pinson Mounds State Park is a 1200-acre historical landmark, containing several pieces of Native American history among its offerings. History enthusiasts will love the 15 or so Native American mounds that can be found here. The groupings here include the Ozier Mound, the Twin Mound, Sauls Mound, and the recently discovered Mound 31.
Researchers have concluded in the past ten to fifteen years that these mounds were created as both burial and ceremonial areas. Because of the sheer number of monuments in the surrounding area, Pinson Mounds State Park is a National Historic Landmark, while also being listed on the Register of Historic Places.
A museum was built in the late 1990s and operates to this day. The structure itself was designed to mimic a Native American mound and has several different offerings including an 80-seat theater, a gift shop, concession stand, archaeological library, and the physical location of the West Tennessee Regional Archeology offices.
Sorry dog owners, but you'll have to leave your companion outside if you're looking to enjoy these indoor structures. If hiking is more what you're seeking, you can enjoy the six total miles of interconnecting paths here. There are a few paved and gravel sections that are perfect for less able individuals, while forest floor trails are geared towards more experienced and adventurous guests.
The Mounds Inner Loops Trail in particular was designed to be ADA accessible while still giving less able visitors a full park experience. All guests looking to enjoy these trails should be mindful of cyclists who also share the area. If you're looking to have an expedition with your dog, make sure you've brought along a sturdy leash to keep them restrained during your visit.
Several doggie waste stations exist, so you shouldn't have a hard time cleaning up any messes they might leave behind. Pinson Mounds State Park hosts several themed events throughout the years. For info on these, as well as educational opportunities provided by the park, be sure to visit the Tennessee State Parks' website.