Description - Among the first inhabitants of this area were the Adena people, dating back to 1000 B.C. Primarily a hunting/gathering culture, they left their mark by the construction of several mounds, from which the park gets its name. Although later cultures, such as the Hopewell, used some of the earthworks for burial purposes, these unique earthen features seem to have been used for astronomical observations and prehistoric calendars. Although much has been learned about the mounds and the people that built and used them, many questions remain unanswered. Why did the people disappear? What happened to them? Although many theories abound, no one has the answers. Mounds State Park was established in 1930 and is 290 acres.
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Mounds State Park
- Mounds State Park features 10 unique "earthworks" built by a group of prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people.The largest earthwork, the "Great Mound", is believed to have been constructed around 160 B.C. Archaeological surveys seem to indicate it was used as a gathering place for religious ceremonies. Be sure to include time to visit the new Nature Center. The new building includes a bird viewing room, small animal displays and much more.
Recreation - Visitors to Mounds State Park will not only enjoy the rich history of the park but the recreational opportunities within the park. Camping, fishing, hiking and interpretive programs are among the most popular at the park.
Climate - Visitors to this state can expect hot and humid summer days that often reach 90 degrees F in July and August. Summer nights bring little relief with an average temperature of 70. Winter can be extremely cold in this Midwestern state with a yearly average of 40 inches of snow and low temperatures dipping to negative 15 degrees F. Winter daytime highs average close to 40 degrees. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit Indiana spring brings blooming wildflowers and daytime highs of 65 degrees F. With falls mild temperatures the leaves in the forested southern regions of the state change to brilliant hues.
Mounds State Park is located north of Indianapolis and east of Anderson off of I-69. The entrance to the park is off of Mounds Road.