Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park
460 Ozier Road
Pinson, Tennessee 38366
I recently traveled to Nashville from west TN with my husband. On the way, we decided to hit some areas we had never visited. One of those areas was the Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park. We had seen the signs for it a hundred times before but never stopped. We decided to check it out.
Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park covers more than 1,200 acres and contains at least 15 Native American mounds.
The short drive from the main road was a lovely, curvy road. Pulling into the park gave a false sense of beauty. The tree encompassed road was beautiful but once the area opened up, it wasn’t quite as nice. We reached the museum, bypassing the group camp, and parked. It was nice that the museum seemed to have been put within a mound. The museum was closed but the entrance looked really neat. We looked at the fall decoration outside but unfortunately, the flowers were long dead and some of the squash/pumpkins were rotted.
We drove to the end of the parking lot and realized that we had drove past the mound area. We backed up and parked. We got out and went to a directory and started walking in the general direction of the mounds. We walked until we saw the first mound and plaque. I got to say, I was not impressed. It looked like a hill and the plaque only “suggests” the purpose of the mound without any certainty. Although we weren’t impressed we walked around to the steps that lead to the top of the mound. We were hopeful that the view would be worth the walk.
The stairs up the mound were steep and not in a straight path up. The view was not impressive by any means. Maybe in the winter when the trees are bare, a view of the water could be seen but not while we were there.
We decided that we were not impressed enough to walk to the other mounds. We left. The drive out was nice, just as the drive in.
I imagine the park is nice for those who like to have a different trail to walk or for nature watchers. Maybe the museum would have provided more information about the significance of the mounds. As out of towners looking for interesting history and beautiful nature, this was not what we had in mind. For us, we have seen far better. We joked as we left that the hills off the main road looked no different than the Pinson Mounds.
Check out the website to see if it right for you. There are maps online that you can view to see the entire park.