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Poverty Point Historical Site in Louisiana
Distance from hotel: 51.6 miles
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Poverty Point National Monument: ancient mysteries, guided tours, hiking

Comprised of several earthworks and Indian mounds, Poverty Point is a Word Heritage Site and an intriguing example of the advanced cultures of pre-Columbus America. Thought to be constructed between 1700 and 1100 B.C., the Poverty Point State Historic Site expands over 910 acres and is identified by six curving earthworks and massive, strategically-placed mounds. By hand, men and women transformed nearly two million cubic yards of soil into a stunning landscape, dwarfing other ancient monuments around the world at the time. Although scientists still debate, these earthworks are thought to be created for ceremonial, trading or religious reasons. Take a guided tour to learn more about Poverty Points' ongoing mysteries, visit the museum or hike its scenic trails.


Prices -

$4 per person. Free for seniors and children under 12.

Hours -

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • On-Site Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Pottery Making Classes


  • Museum
  • Guided Tours
  • Hiking
  • Picnics
  • Bird Watching


  • Why is the Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

    Poverty Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its global significance regarding ancient cultures and archaeological importance. Accepted as a World Heritage Site in 2014, the earthworks were thought to be constructed after the Great Pyramids in Egypt and before the famed Mayan pyramids. Poverty Park is the only World Heritage Site in Louisiana and only one of 22 in the U.S.
  • are there guided tours of the park?

    Yes! If visiting Poverty Park, a guided tour is highly recommended, especially if you'd like to learn more about the site and the Native Americans who designed it. While scientists and historians still debate the purpose of the site, the various theories are as captivating as the site itself. Tram tours are given on Wednesdays though Sundays at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., March through October, weather permitting.

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