Wickliffe Mounds is part of the Kentucky Great River Road
, where you'll find exciting events and happenings in the four KY counties bordering the Mississippi River.
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A Native American village once occupied the site of Wickliffe Mounds, about A.D. 1100 to 1350. Here, people of the Mississippian culture built earthen mounds and permanent houses around a central plaza overlooking the Mississippi River. Today, this Native American Indian archaeological site features mounds surrounded by abundant wildlife, museum exhibits, a walking trail, welcome center, a gift shop and picnic areas.
Open to the public since 1932, the museum exhibits the excavated features of two mounds with displays of Mississippian pottery, stone tools, artifacts showcasing their way of life and artwork, the archaeological history of the site and the architecture of mounds and houses. Visitors have a spectacular view of the bluff area on top of the Ceremonial Mound, the largest mound on the site. Special exhibits, hands-on displays, demonstrations and educational programs occur at various times throughout the year.
Scientific archaeological research through Murray State University has revealed important information about the Mississippian people here. This registered archaeological site (15BA4) is on the National Register of Historic Places, a Kentucky Archaeological Landmark.
Wickliffe Mounds is an Interpretive Center on the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
Pets are prohibited on the archaeological site which encompasses the fenced in area around the mounds, buildings and trail; service dogs allowed. Please call park office for questions regarding the pet policy.
April to October
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Open Memorial Day (Monday) from 9:00pm to 5:00pm and on Labor Day (Monday) from 9:00am to 5:00pm
November to March
Open by appointment
• Adults: $5
• Seniors (62+): $4
• Kids (age 5-15): $4
• Active Duty Military: $3
• School and Scout Rates: $2 to $5 based on program, call for appointment.