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Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville

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Called “The Big Apple of the 14th Century” by National Geographic, Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America’s largest city north of Mexico. Located on the Black Warrior River 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, the park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian Indians constructed 28 massive flat-topped earthen pyramids, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. The mounds served as elevated platforms for civic and ceremonial structures and the homes of nobles. Today, the panoramic landscape provides stunning views of these ancient monuments while the park’s museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site including the famous stone Rattlesnake Disk.
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  • Not far south of Tuscaloosa, about 30 minutes or so, is a hidden gem of history. See the film in the entrance hall before your tour for a history of the site dating back thousands of years. Truly amaz...  more »
  • This incredible historic site transports you back over 8 centuries. An awesome visitor center and museum helps you understand what the place looked like when in use so long ago. The hike to the top of...  more »
  • awesome place and it lets us understand a lot about our heritage, great for walking and picnics and even better when they have the indian cultural festival  more »
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  • Amazingly well preserved archaeology site. There is a self-guided tour that takes you around the grounds or you can walk up a couple of the Mounds to get an overview of the complex. The museum is very well put together it has a lot of information and interesting artifacts. The staff is very nice and willing to help you out. The University of Alabama has done an excellent job of preservation and informing the public about Native Americans in the past.
  • An interesting archeological and historical site. There is a small museum at the north end of the park that explains the history of the mounds and Native Americans who lived here.
  • Nice place to visit on a sunny day. Staff is friendly and helpful. Lots of information for those interested.
  • An amazing glimpse into a vanished culture. Story is well told thru the museum exhibits and artifacts. We stopped mostly for a spot to rest during a day of travel and find a picnic table. We ended up spending several more hours than we actually had time allotted for in our travel schedule. The area around the conference center on a bluff overlooking the Black Warrior River was a lovely spot for a picnic. The nature trails were well maintained and looked to explore a variety of landscapes. Some of the remote exhibits are looking a bit shoddy but considering what their budget is it's not surprising. The mounds themselves will impress you with the size of the mounds themselves and the scope of the site. Plenty of room to let kids run off some energy on a road trip.
  • There is something spiritual about this place. Trounce around in the woods while you're there. They are amazingly beautiful.