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Wickliffe Mounds Things To Do


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Educational Tours and Programs
Students, teachers and Scouts can explore the excavated mounds, exhibits of Mississippian culture and displays of artifacts dating back to 1100 A.D. Activity stations in the museum provide hands-on experiences. A Teacher's Packet with pre-visit activities, background information and scavenger hunt activity sheets can be downloaded here. Adobe PDF Document

A picnic shelter and chunkey game equipment (an interactive Mississippian Native American game) are available for teachers to use while at the park with their paid admission fees. Tours are staff guided when available or teacher-led/self-guided and special guide sheets provided to group leaders. Park is open April to mid November for school and scout groups and teachers should call to schedule a time for their classes to visit. Program fees per student vary per activity ($2 to $5 range and Teachers are free admission with their students).

November is Native American Heritage Month and in recognition all school and scout group rates are $1 per person (self-guided tours only) for the month of November. Call 270-335-3681 for information or e-mail carla.hildebrand@ky.gov

Birding
Choice areas for bird watching include the bluff picnic area, Woodswalk Trail, and the Ceremonial Mound. One of our resident birds, the elusive Pileated Woodpecker is most active during the morning hours. Its cackle resonates throughout the park daily and is frequently sighted.

The summer weather, with the riverine environment, provides a splendid habitat for attracting shoreline birds such as Great Blue Heron, Cattle Egrets, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Belted Kingfishers. Late fall, winter, and early springtime are best for viewing Canada geese and a wide variety of ducks including Woods, Muscovy, Mallards, Common Goldeneye, and Hooded Merganser; rare are the Bluewinged and Cinnamon Teal, Redhead and Canvasback Pochards. Bald Eagle sightings are more common during the waterfowl migratory season.

Resident woodland birds include Turkeys, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, and in the woodpecker family Red-headed, Red Bellied, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and the Pileated. Also common to the park are Kestrels, Red Tailed Hawks, and Turkey Vultures.

Stop by the Welcome Center for a bird viewing pamphlet and checklist.

Gift Shop
Books, souvenirs, pottery, baskets, t-shirts, jewelry and replica artifacts highlight the many items in the gift shop which focus on Native American Indian culture, archaeology, history and regional interests. Snacks and soft drinks also available for sale in gift shop. Located in the Welcome Center during regular park hours.

Hiking
Woods Walk Trail - enjoy a leisurely walk through the woods here on a 200-yard loop trail. Views of seasonal wildflowers, wildlife, trees and bird watching opportunities available. Mississippi river is across the highway from the park. Please visit the Welcome Center during park hours for a trail map and plant information pamphlet.

Museum
The museum consists of an excavated mound with archaeological features, site artifacts, a mural of a Mississippian village and exhibits focusing on the archaeological history of the site and Mississippian culture.

Visitors may walk the grounds to view the Ceremonial, Chief’s and Burial Mounds and take an Archaeology Walking Trail tour. A Hands-on activity station in the main gallery gives visitors a chance to use Mississippian tools and learn about their technology in stone, pottery, weaving, and the natural environment.

Admission fees taken at the Welcome Center and interpretive pamphlets and guide sheets are available.

Picnicking
Picnic tables (no grills) are available at the bluff area during park hours for enjoying the peaceful surroundings. More tables and a shelter are located in the paid admission archaeological site area as well.

For a $10 reservation fee and $3 per person, during normal park business hours (10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), visitors can rent the shelter, which is in full view of the Ceremonial Mound and seats 30 people. Perfect setting for a birthday party, wedding, or social gathering. Shelter can be decorated and has access to electricity.

Reservations required in advance and no refunds for fee. Call 270-335-3681 for information or e-mail carla.hildebrand@ky.gov

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