Mounds State Park

Mounds State Park preserves several earthworks created by Native Americans about two centuries before Christ; the Great Mound, nearly a quarter mile around, is a must-see.

Mound (in part)


From the large parking area just past the entrance, take the Trail 2 boardwalk south to its intersection with Trail 1. Follow Trail 1 west past the Great Mound and continue downhill toward the White River.

White River

From here, head upstream along the river, returning when you’re ready along any of several trails that branch off to the east. The upland portions of Trail 1 are good for spring wildflowers, while Trail 3 explores small valleys and ridges between the river and the main park road.


I suggest avoiding Trail 5 along IN 232, and minimizing your exposure to crowds by staying away from the pool and campground, both in the northern end of the park.


Madison County. From I-69 Exit 26, north 2.7 miles on IN 9 to IN 232, then right 2 miles to the park entrance on the left.

North 40 05.741 West 85 37.110
DeLorme 40:C2

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Camping, nature center, toilets, water.

Nearby Natural Areas

Summit Lake State Park


Bloom: Hiking Indiana; Page 90
Goll: Indiana State Parks; Page 145
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 88
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 207