Know Before You Go


Key things to see or do while visiting the site:

A public park for more than a century, Serpent Mound attracts visitors from all over the world. Allow at least an hour to take advantage of all the site has to offer. The museum contains exhibits n the effigy mound and the geology of the surrounding area.

Visitors may walk along a footpath surrounding the serpent and experience the mystery and power of this monumental effigy. Visitors can also hike the trail that goes down into the valley of the Ohio Brush Creek.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy in the picnic shelter or at picnic tables on the grounds.

Public restrooms, a water fountain, and a gift shop are also available.

While you are in the area:

When planning your visit to Serpent Mound, consider traveling 15 minutes down the road to Fort Hill State Memorialwhere you can see another ancient earthwork. This site is a nature preserve containing one of the best-preserved Indian hilltop enclosures in North America. Native Americans of the Hopewell culture (100 B.C.- 500 A.D.) constructed the 1 1/2 mile long earthwork hilltop enclosure as well as at least two ceremonial buildings and probably a village in the Brush Creek Valley below the earthworks.

For your next trip, or for an extended tour, consider visiting all of southern Ohio’s magnificent earthworks. Comprehensive information about Ohio’s ancient earthworks can be found at http://www.ancientohiotrail.org/

Other important earthworks include those at:

  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park near Chillicothe which preserves Mound City, Hopewell Mound Group, and Seip Mound and Earthworks;
  • Fort Ancient which is located near Lebanon;
  • Sunwatch Village in Dayton;
  • Newark Earthworks in Newark.

Check the calendar listings at /calendar for special events such as the popular winter luminary lighting at Serpent Mound.

Also, check the website of The Friends of Serpent Mound who provide educational and interpretive activities at the sitehttp://serpentmound.org/fosm.html

See also the website of the Arc of Appalachia who also provide educational and interpretive services as well as manage the site for the Ohio Historical Society: http://www.arcofappalachia.org/visit/serpent-mound.html