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Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville
(4.4/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I stopped here while on a road trip. I didn't have my RV with me, but the campground looks nice, with hookups and lots of shade. All the sites are grass, no pavement or gravel. Pam's diner just down t...  more »
  • Native America is brought to life through artifacts, Indian mounds, trails and huts. The yearly October Native Festival is wonderful 
  • Barely a dozen miles off of Interstate 59/20 south of Tuscaloosa, this park offers peaceful observation with a number of large placards to reveal the history that has been discovered here. The modest ...  more »
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  • Very serene setting on very well maintained historically significant grounds. Since I last visited, great improvements have been made to the Park and its a highly recommended stop if you are in the area and have a couple hours to spend looking at the fascinating piece of the Native Americans who lived in the area
  • This is well worth the money. Lots of history here. Near that there was a whole civilization here that we know hardly anything about. Great day.
  • The site is very interesting as an archaeological park. Interesting displays, very informative museum. The Camping was fantastic. I hate to give a great review and have people find the campground. Inexpensive $12 a day. We had a full hookup site for 10 days. Massively large sites. A half a dozen had full hookup, the others had power and water. Quiet and peaceful. All of the staff was pleasant and helpful.
  • Moundville Archaeological Park is a premier destination for anyone interested in Native American culture and architecture. The second-largest site of the Mississippian Culture, the site helps to translate some of the grandiosity of the native accomplishments in the Eastern Woodlands. Renovations to the museum have brought it into the 21st-century, with elaborate and beautiful exhibits that go far to intertwining the views of Native Americans and the archaeological recoveries. Visit the park, and you will be impressed.
  • Took my grandaughter from michigan she loved it