Kolomoki Mounds State Park Travel Guide
Have a Picnic and Play
There are picnic areas inside the park, if you want to bring your own food and enjoy a meal outdoors. There is also a playground near the main picnic area in case all this education is too much for the kids.
This is a view of the plaza area where the 1500 to 2000 inhabitants lived as seen from the top of Temple Mound.
Mound G is not actually a part of the early history of the Kolomoki Mounds. It contains the remains of the Mercier Family which owned the land before it became a state park.
Mounds F and H
Mound F is about 6 feet high and sixty feet long by fifty feet wide. It contains a 30 foot square white clay platform. Artifacts show this mound was constructed during the Weeden Island period. Mound H has the same approximate dimensions as Mound F, and a yellow clay...
Mound E is another burial mound. It was the first one in the Kolomoki Area scientifically excavated. There were four bodies and 54 complete pottery items found in the mound. Radiocarbon dating also shows this to be the oldest mound in the area; it was constructed around 170...
Mound D is the second largest mound on site after the Temple Mound. It is 20 feet high and 100 feet in diameter. The mound was constructed to bury a very importatnt leader alomg with sacrificed servants, trophy skulls, wives and sevants. This is one of the largest and most...
Mound C is located north of Temple Mound at the same distance as Mound B. It is speculated that Mound C consists of sweepings from Temple Mound. The lack of developed sod lines shows the mound was built in a continuous operation not all at once.
Mound B is also a very interesting mound and it poses more questions than answers. This mound is due south of Temple Mound and had a series of posts from 24 to 30 inches in diameter that could be raised one at a time. Archeologists have speculated the mound was used as a...
The most obvious mound in the park is the large one called Temple Mound. This was used for religious ceremonies. It has a good view of the plaza where most of the approximately 1500 to 2000 inhabitants lived and the rest of the settlement. Temple Mound was built about 700...
Museum in the Visitors Center
The visitors center also has a very nice museum that houses artifacts and exhibits explaining the life and habits of the native american tribes that inhabited the Kolomoki Area. It also shows the methods used by archeologists to study these tribes, their way of life and the...
Your first stop at the park should be the visitors center. Here you will pay your entrance fee of $2.75 to $4, and you can get some brochures and information to maximize your enjoyment of the park. They also have a very interesting museum and a short instructional film. The...
The swimming pool is closed for "economic reasons". Do not swim in the lake because there are alligators in there (unless you really want to see if you can outswim one).
Written Oct 23, 2009
Phone: (229) 724-2150
- Related to:
- Water Sports
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
In addition to the walking you will do looking at the mounds there are some hiking trails in the park to include the two mile Spruce Pine Trail which leads by the lakes and a nature trail.
Good hiking shoes, a hat, sunscree, plenty of water.
Boating and Fishing
There are two lakes in the park so you can boat and fish here. Make sure you have a fishing license for all people 16 and over. If you did not bring a boat you can rent a fishing boat, canoe, or paddle boat. Check the website for current prices.