Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail – 2 mi

Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail - 2 mi photo
Mounds A, C, and B at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, a National Historic Landmark, is the home of the largest surviving prehistoric mounds in Arkansas. The park is about 15 miles southeast of North Little Rock.

The mounds were used by the ancestors of Native Americans from about 600 to 1150 A.D.

The park also has two walking trails. The Knapp Trail is a paved loop path that is a little less than 1 mile.

The Plum Bayou Trail is a mostly unpaved 1.7-mile figure-eight loop. The last 1/3 of it overlaps the paved Knapp Trail.

Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail - 2 mi photo
Plum Bayou Trail – Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail - 2 mi photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

. Plum Bayou (Toltec Mounds) GPX Map

Click here for full-screen trail map.

Neither trail is a difficult walk.

In order to help preserve the area, the public is not permitted to wander on the grounds except on one of the two walking trails.

For nature lovers (like me), one of the coolest parts of the park is the .1-mile boardwalk along Mound Pond, once part of the Arkansas River. This stretch has beautiful views of the lake and some gorgeous cypress trees.

Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail - 2 mi photo
Boardwalk on Mound Pond – Toltec Mounds
Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail - 2 mi photo
Mound Pond -Toltec Mounds

Since there is very little shade in the park, be sure to use sunscreen if visiting in the middle of the day.

There is an admission charge.

As usual, I have posted some of my photos and a gpx map made from my gps data.

 Click here for GPX file download.

Toltec Mounds: Plum Bayou Trail

County/StateToltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Lonoke County, Arkansas
Length/Type1.7 mile loop
DifficultyEasy (1 of 5)
ATT Cell Coverage?Yes
Official Info (Links)(501) 961-9442;
Official website. Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park Brochure (pdf)
Date HikedAugust 7, 2010

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