Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park




Hours of Operation
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - Museum and Office (Monday-Saturday)
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Sundays
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM - Sundays (Nov. 1 – Mar. 15)
Museum and Office are closed on all State and Federal Holidays November through April.

The park museum is designed to replicate a prehistoric Native American mound. The museum includes an archaeological library, an 80-seat theater, a gift shop, park offices and the West Tennessee Regional Archaeology Office. Recently remodeled, the museum focuses on Tennessee’s prehistory. Exhibits include prehistoric Native American tools, trade, ceremony, archaeological fieldwork, and the history of the Pinson site.

Planned Programs and Events

Park related video presentations are available in the museum auditorium. Group tours and interpretive programs may be arranged by contacting the park office in advance. Summer programming on the site’s archaeological, cultural and natural resources are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Annual Signature Hikes 

Friday, Jan. 1 - First Day Hike
Please join park manager for a "first footing" hike as we celebrate the New Year!

Saturday, March - Spring Hike
Please join the park ranger for a hike to see the early signs of spring at the Mounds!

Saturday, June - National Trails Day Hike
Come join the park staff for a hike and volunteer event at Pinson Mounds!

Saturday, Sept. - National Public Lands Day
Please join the park staff for a volunteer event and program to celebrate!

Junior Ranger Programs

Archaeology Camp will be on June
Jr. Ranger Camp 2 will be on June
Jr. Ranger Camp 3 will be on June

Times are usually 8:00 to noon each day but more information will be available. Reservations and fees do apply, please contact park office for more details.

TN Promise Volunteer Event

Saturday June 24 - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Pinson Mounds hosts a volunteer event to help TN scholars participate in a meaningful resource based activity and enable them to receive their volunteer hours for the TN Promise program. For more information please contact the park office.

Group Tours and School Field Trips

For more information on special group tours and school field trips please contact park office.

Archaeofest 2017

The 35th annual Archaeofest will be held in September.  Saturday the event runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT. This event is our large, annual focus on both archaeology and Native American culture. For more information please contact park office.

Other special events

TBA - Guest speakers and signature lecture series, Native American artisans, musical events and showcases as well as astronomy events and spring/summer programs. Please contact park office and watch our FB page for more information. 

Hiking and Biking

The park’s archaeological features and wildlife can be viewed along six miles of interconnecting trail. The paved trail sections are bicycle/wheelchair accessible. Gravel/forest floor hiking trails, which do not permit bicycles, are of easy to moderate level. Flora and fauna of three intersecting ecosystems, a cypress swamp, mixed beech-oak slopes, and oak-hickory uplands, are viewable along these trails.

Nature Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Earthworks Trail — 0.7 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Hudson Branch Trail — 1.3 Miles — Natural Surface — ADA
Mounds Great Outer Loop Trail — 2.0 Miles — Paved Surface — ADA
Mounds Inner Loop Trail — 1.3 Miles — Paved Surface — Moderate