MDAH Partners in Mississippi Mound Trail

"The Lower Mississippi Valley has a density of history and prehistory unmatched elsewhere in the United States."
Roger Kennedy, former director of the National Park Service

Archery demonstration during a school program at Winterville Mounds. Pictured in back is the 55-foot-tall temple mound.Although Native American mounds dot the Mississippi landscape, most are unknown to people driving right past them. A statewide partnership plans to change that with the creation of the Mississippi Mound Trail—a project to help interpret and preserve the mounds, educate the public about Mississippi’s rich Native American history, and promote heritage tourism.

The trail will be anchored by two MDAH properties: the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians on the south end and Winterville Mounds, near Greenville, on the north. Plans call for the development of a driving guide with GPS coordinates, interpretative markers and directional signs, educational materials, and a Web site.

The Mississippi Mound Trail is a collaborative partnership between Mississippi’s Lower Delta Partnership, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Mississippi Development Authority, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, the Archaeological Conservancy, and MDAH.

For more information about the Mississippi Mound Trail, contact Meg Cooper, coordinator, Lower Delta Partnership, by telephone at 662-873-6261 or by email at megldp@bellsouth.net.

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