Considered a National Historic Landmark, and only one of four in the state of Arkansas, the Toltec Mounds State Park is the most complex and largest mound site in the country. Being in the state park offers visitors the rare opportunity of seeing archaeological research at work.
The grounds were once a ceremonial site for prehistoric Native Americans, and today it is an essential and fascinating piece of history. It is always one of the destinations of countless school field trips. There are guided tours which can be booked in advance too.
The Toltec Mounds State Park staff lead programs and guided tours throughout the week and at scheduled times on Saturdays. Only a short and beautiful ride away from Little Rock, Toltec Mounds has 100 acres of space and is managed by the Arkansas State Parks together with the Arkansas Archaeological Survey.
Toltec Mounds State Park visitor center has a sales area, an educational pavilion overlooking mounds, exhibits, and an audiovisual theatre. Leashed dogs are allowed in the park; however, they are not permitted in the buildings. Pet parents can undoubtedly have loads of fun with their furbabies because there is so much to explore.
There are two trails open for exploration in the proximity of Toltec Mounds, and they are Plum Bayou Trail and Knapp Trail. Both trails are rated easy. Knapp Trail leads visitors through the pre-historic Indian site. Self-guided brochures describe the archaeological site. Plum Bayou Trail is a level turf trail which joins Knapp Trail at the boardwalk overlooking Mound Lake.
This is where Native Americans dug the soil to build the mounds a thousand years ago. With so much to discover, inquisitive minds will enjoy the park. Pet parents are reminded to bring their dog scooper bags as there are none for free. The Toltec Mounds State Park is well-maintained and clean, and everyone is urged to keep it that way.