Out of care for the health of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and community at large, Serpent Mound will close to the public effective Saturday, March 14, 2020. We will re-open according to the direction of the Ohio History Connection. The Arc is the contract manager for Serpent Mound. OHC is abiding by the Governor’s request to close all state memorial sites. Just days before we closed the park, Serpent Mound was welcoming visitors from as far away as Europe and California. It’s a world gathering place, and making the sacrifice to close such destinations is prudent in these times. All trails at the following preserves will remain open: Chalet Nivale, Gladys Riley, and Junction Earthworks. Trails remaining open at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary are: Kamelands, Maude’s Cedar Narrows, Roundtop, Barrett’s Rim, Cedar Run, Listening Trail, Crow Point, and Ridgeview Farm. Temporarily closed is the Appalachian Forest Museum (it was scheduled to open April 1) and the three trails that share the Museum’s parking lot: Etawah Woods, Valley of the Ancients, and Barrier Ridge.
Ancient Earthworks. Serpent Mound is the largest surviving example of a prehistoric effigy mound in the world. Stretching 1,348 feet over the ground, the beautifully preserved ancient earthwork depicts larger-than-life sinews of an immense serpent, with an intriguing oval shaped head. This earthen monument is anywhere from 1000-2000 years old, and the cultural identity of its American Indian architects remains wrapped in mystery, as does the exact ceremonial purpose behind its creation. Time, however, has not dampened the earthwork’s artistic affect on those who gaze upon it. The Serpent continues to elicit humility, wonder, and awe – drawing tens of thousands of visitors a year from across the country and the world. In addition to the Serpent, the park preserves three burial mounds of the Adena and Fort Ancient Cultures, and ancient village sites. More Information
Your Group is Welcome. Serpent Mound is visited by a wide variety of groups, and serves as host to many different events, both public and private. The park has ample space for tour groups, gatherings, ceremonies, reunions, and programs. The picnic shelter can be rented for a fee of $50. More Information
School Group Programs. We offer schools a special opportunity to learn more about the American Indian cultures that have existed in southern Ohio for thousands of years, as well as learn about the native forest ecosystem that richly supported these cultures. More Information
Visitor Information. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk with a $8.00 parking fee per vehicle. The museum is open daily April – October and weekends March, November and most of December. More Information
In Partnership with Ohio History Connection
In 2009, the non-profit Arc of Appalachia was honored to begin serving as the on-site manager for Serpent Mound in partnership with its long term and current owners, Ohio History Connection. Ohio History Connection has stewarded Serpent Mound since the year 1900.