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|Toltec Mounds State Park
A National Historic Landmark, Toltec preserves and interprets Arkansas's tallest Native American mounds.
These mounds and an earthen embankment are the remains of a large ceremonial and governmental complex inhabited from A.D. 600 to 1050. This interpretive center is managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Archeological Survey. Facilities include a visitor center with exhibits, an A/V theater and archeological research laboratory. Site tours are available along the park's 3/4-mile, barrier-free trail.
A National Historic Landmark, Toltec Mounds Archeological Site is the largest Indian mound group in Arkansas. Modern archeological research indicates the site was occupied by Plum Bayou Culture from about A.D. 600-1050. The mission of the park is to interpret and preserve this important archeological site for present and future generations.
Indian Heritage Award
The Toltec Mounds Indian Heritage Award is designed to recognize Cub Scouts who have 1) studied Native Americans in Arkansas, 2) participated in a guided tour of Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, and 3) learned about how archeologists work to learn about prehistoric Indians in Arkansas.
Note The Toltec Mounds patch is the same patch as the Indian Heritage award.
To earn the Indian Heritage Award the scout must participate in a guided tour and...
1. Know the historic tribes of Arkansas and where they lived (Quapaw, Cherokee, Osage, Caddo, and Tunica)
2. Be able to define "archeology"
3. Be able to say why the state of Arkansas bought the land at Toltec
4. Identify three plants along the trail at Toltec
5. Identify three signs of animal life along the trail at Toltec
6. Know what an artifact is and how they help archeologists learn about the people who lived at Toltec and built the mounds
7. Show a willingness to help the park staff by picking up litter and disposing of it properly and obeying the rules of the park.
*These requirements may vary according to the age of scouts in your group.
What to Wear
Please suggest that your group wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing appropriate for outdoor activities and for the weather.
Inclement weather may limit some outdoor activities. Groups of 40 or less can be accommodated readily within the visitor center and thus rain is not a problem. Alternate indoor programs can be provided. Larger groups should contact us to discuss other options. If you should need to cancel for any reason, please notify the park immediately.
Discipline of Your Group
You are responsible for the discipline of your group. This allows the park staff to spend their energy in providing quality programs and responding to questions from students. We do not have a requirement for the number of chaperones you must bring, but at least one accompanying adult for every 10-15 students is suggested.
Can we bring lunch?
Sure! We have 7 unshaded picnic tables available just outside the Park Visitor Center. We are unable to offer any indoor eating facilities so please have a contingency plan for rain or cold weather.
Cub Scout Day
The first Saturday of May each year is set aside to help Cub Scouts earn their "Indian Heritage Award". In addition to the regular programs, on this day scouts can enjoy Native American Storytelling and Native American crafts.
There is one session available daily. The session begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 12 PM. Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance. The cost is $3.00 per person. Leaders are free. Siblings 6 - 12 are $3.00 each. If you have to cancel or are running late, please call us. Late arrivals may result in shortened programs times. (If there is a demand for an afternoon session one may be offered. Contact park interpreters for information.)
For More Information
If you have any further questions or would like to make a reservation, please call the park at (501) 961-9442, or write to us at the following address:
Toltec Mound Archeological State Park
490 Toltec Mounds Road
Scott, AR 72142
The park is located 16 miles southeast of North Little Rock and northwest of England, off U.S. Highway 165 on Arkansas Highway 386; OR, take Exit 169 off I-40, going south on Arkansas Highway 15 for 14 miles to Keo, then Northwest on U.S. Highway 165 for 4 miles; OR from I-440, take exit 7 (Scott-England), going southeast on U.S. Highway 165 for 10 miles.
Archeological Site Walking Tour Adult $3.00 + tax = $3.24 Child $2.00 + tax = $2.16
Tram tour by reservation only is an additional $2.00 per person
Group rate (20 or more with advance notice) Adult $2.75 + tax = $2.97 Child $1.75 + tax = $1.89
Hours of Operation Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Mon - Sat); 12 p.m - 5 p.m. (Sun)
Quapaw Area Council - Boy Scouts Of America
3220 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 664-4780 -- Fax (501) 664-4785
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