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Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
HOPEWELL CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
HOPEWELL CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, Ohio   45601-8694

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From about 200 BC to AD 500, the Ohio River Valley was a focal point of the prehistoric Hopewell culture. The term Hopewell describes a broad network of beliefs and practices among different Native American groups over a large portion of eastern North America. The culture is characterized by the construction of enclosures made of earthen walls, often built in geometric patterns, and mounds of various shapes. Visible remnants of Hopewell culture are concentrated in the Scioto River valley near present-day Chillicothe, Ohio. The most striking Hopewell sites contain earthworks in the form of squares, circles, and other geometric shapes. Many of these sites were built to a monumental scale, with earthen walls up to 12 feet high outlining geometric figures more than 1000 feet across. Conical and loaf-shaped earthen mounds up to 30 feet high are often found in association with the geometric earthworks. <P>The park contains nationally significant archeological resources including large earthwork and mound complexes that provide an insight into the social, ceremonial, political, and economic life of the Hopewell people. The park visitor center features museum exhibits, an orientation film, book sales area, and self-guided and guided tours. <P>
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
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Nearby Accommodations
Walnut Creek Campground Resort - Chillicothe, OHCottages and Cabins
Rustic beauty in a peaceful, clean atmosphere is the secret to this Family Retreat. The serene splendor of Mother Nature is your reward for visiting Walnut Creek. We offer cabin rentals for those who want the convenience with less effort.
8.5 miles from park*
Events
May 30 - June 27
Yoga in the Park

Yoga in the Park

Dates: May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, and July 11

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Mound City Group Visitor Center

Fees: No Fees

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park invites you and your family or friends to participate in FREE Yoga in the park. Yoga in the park is a part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative. Join a local yoga instructor for a fun-filled, relaxing morning of yoga. The event will be FREE for all the visitors wishing to participate. The class will last about an hour and participants will need to bring their own water and yoga mat or blanket.

Things to remember:

Starts at 9:00 AM

Bring your own water

Bring your own mat or blanket

Classes will last about an hour

Call ahead to reserve your spot

Class is FREE to visitors

PLEASE NOTE: To reserve you spot or for more information, please call Hopewell Culture National Historical Park at (740) 774-1126. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of discovery in your neighborhood national park!

Visit the Directions Page for directions and maps to the Mound City Group visitor center. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is open year-round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The visitor center at Mound City Group is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Location: Mound City Group visitor center, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

June 18 - July 30
Guided Canoe and Kayak Trips for Summer

Prehistoric Paddle on Paint Creek

Date of Event: Every Thursday, June 18 - July 30

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Waters Edge Canoe Livery

Fees: Discounted kayak and/or canoe rental

During the summer, you can join a Park Ranger from Hopewell Culture National Historical Park for a guided paddle on Paint Creek!Boaters begin the journey at Water's Edge Canoe Livery. You may bring your own boat or rent a Kayak or Canoe from the livery. From Water's Edge Canoe Livery boaters are shuttled to just north of Seip Earthwork to the shores of Paint Creek where the program begins.

The tour is approximately 8 miles and will last from 3 hours to 5 hours, ending at Jones Levee bridge where boaters will be picked up and shuttled back to Water's Edge Canoe Livery. Boaters also have the option to paddle on 11 miles to Water's Edge Canoe Livery.

Things to bring along: Sack Lunch, Water, Sunscreen and SunhatExperienced paddlers only. This tour is not for beginners. If you have any concerns or questions please call the park.

For more information about what to bring for the day and what to expect, please visit the

Guided Canoe and Kayak Trips

page.

To register for a tour, please contact: Waters Edge Canoe Livery, 10807 State Route 772, Chillicothe, OH 45601. Phone: 740-779-3339

Location: Waters Edge Canoe Livery, 10807 State Route 772, Chillicothe, OH 45601, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

June 26
Junior Archeology Days
Junior Archeology Days

Children ages 5 -12 are invited to participate in this event. Children will complete several hands-on activities, a mock dig, to earn a Junior Archeologist badge! Parents or guardians are required to stay with their children. Call the park at (740) 774-1126 for more information.

Location: Mound City Group Visitor Center, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

July 7 - July 28
Art in the Park for ages 5 - 8

Art in the Park

for ages 5 - 8

Join us at Mound City Group in July for our annual summer art program. Throughout the program students will learn about famous artists, art styles, and art techniques all while making connections to history and nature. Classes are based on ages of students. Students are not required to attend every session.

Please call in advance to make reservations.

Call the park at 740-774-1126 to reserve a spot!

All supplies will be provided. Admission is Free.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents are required to stay with their children during the entire program.

For directions to the Mound City Group visitor center, please visit the Directions page where you will find maps and detailed directions from major points in Ohio.

Location: Mound City Group Visitor Center, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 25 just a ironic comment by a proud dad
the new building being built on site and supervised by don anderson of huddleston construction is ironic because his grandfather kenneth anderson help build it back i believe in the 1940s.
October 12


Area Campgrounds
Sun Valley Campground
10105 C.R. 550, Box 27
Chillicothe, OH
740-775-3490
Lake Hill Campground
2466 Musselman Station Rd
Frankfort, OH
740-998-5648
Forest Haven
2344 Walnut Creek Rd
Chillicothe, OH
740-774-1203
Area Fishing Related Businesses
D & K Bait & Tackle Dealers
288 W Hydell Rd
Chillicothe, OH
(740) 772-1836
Bait & Tackle
381 N High St
Chillicothe, OH
(740) 774-1985
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Rose's Vacation Cabin - Glouster, OHCottages and Cabins
Burr Oak State Park - Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Rose's Vacation Cabin Rental is a special place to make your Honeymoon, Anniversary, or Family Getaway a relaxing experience.
58.1 miles from park*
Rocky Fork Lake Cottages - Hillsboro, OHCottages and Cabins
Lake Front but not lake view. This cottage is situated on 3 Acres, mostly wooded. Rocky Fork Lake is a 2,000 acre quiet and secluded lake. Because of the heavy concentration of trees the lake is a secluded paradise hidden in the woods.
24.7 miles from park*
Area Resources
Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
29.3 miles from park*
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Directions
Plane - The closest major airport is the Columbus International Airport located 50 miles north of the park. <P> <br>Car - Chillicothe is located in southcentral Ohio. The Mound City Group Visitor Center is located two miles north of the intersection of US 35 and SR 104. <P> <br>Public Transportation - No public transportation available. <P>

USA Parks
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Ohio
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Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park