WICKLIFFE MOUNDS-PRESERVING THE PAST FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Wickliffe Mounds is the archaeological site of a prehistoric Native American village of the Mississippian mound builders, and is a Kentucky Archaeological Landmark and on the National Register of HIstoric Places.
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is also part of the Kentucky Great River Road, where you'll find exciting events and happenings in the Four Kentucky counties bordering the Mississippi River.
Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the village was occupied from about AD 1100 to 1350. The Mississippians built a complex settlement with permanent houses and earthen mounds situated around a central plaza. Today the museum exhibits excavated features of a mound, outstanding displays of Mississippian pottery, stone tools, bone and shell implements, the daily life of Mississippian People, and interpretive information about the park's archaeological history. All this, and a bird's eye view of the bluff atop the ceremonial mound.
Drop into the Welcome Center/Gift Shop for an introduction to the park and admission to the museum. Browse for just the right souvenir from books, pottery, baskets, t-shirts, jewelry and replica artifacts with a focus on Native American culture and the region. Pick up a park map and pamphlet with interpretive information to enhance your visit.
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the woods on their 200-yard Woods Walk Trail. Seasonal wildflowers and bird watching opportunities abound. Numbered posts guide you along the Archaeology Trail where excavations occurred throughout the site.
Picnic tables are available at the bluff area during park hours for enjoying the peaceful surroundings, More tables are located in the paid admission archaeological site area as well.
The park is located in the Wickliffe community about 30 miles west of Paducah, on highways 51-60-62 west, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.