Description - Pinson Mounds, one of two state archaeological parks, was set aside to protect its prehistoric remains. Managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Division of State Parks, the Pinson Mounds grouping consists of at least 15 earthen mounds, a geometric enclosure, habitation areas and related earthworks in an area that incorporates almost 1,200 acres.
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Indian Burial Mound
- The park features a museum designed to replicate a Native American mound. It includes 4,500 square feet of exhibit space, an archaeological library, an 80-seat theater and "Discovery Room" for historical exploration, park offices and the West Tennessee Regional Archaeology Office. A copy of Pinson's map hangs in the museum. The museum is open year-round.
Visitors may take a hay wagon tour, or climb to the top of Sauls Mound (the nations' second tallest Native American mound) and get a superb view of the largest Middle Woodland ceremonial center in the southeastern United States. There are nature walks, birds of prey and story telling programs presented throughout the day at various times. A variety of films will also be shown in the museum's theater depicting the Native American culture from past to present.
Archaeofest, an annual celebration of the Native American culture and archaeology, is held the third weekend of every September. The event features award winning drum and dance troupes and quality craftspeople from across the United States. A wide range of craft demonstrations are available, which include Navajo loom weaving, pottery, beadwork, basketry, leather work, flintknapping and chipping, dream catchers, mandellas, jewelry (including silver and turquoise) and much more.
Recreation - Archeology programs, films and festivals are scheduled from time to time. Fieldwork is normally conducted in the summer, and visitors are welcome to watch the archaeologists at work.
Group tours and programs may be arranged by contacting the park office in advance of the planned visit and a video presentation about the Pinson Mounds is available at any time.
The gift shop is a favorite destination of those who enjoy the mystique of Pinson Mounds. In the gift shop one can find postcards, an assortment of books, T-shirts and many replications of Native American goods.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
From Jackson, follow Hwy. 45 South to the small town of Pinson. Turn left at the park sign, St. Rt. 197 and then follow the signs 2.5 miles to the park entrance.