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.
Pinson Mounds offers a variety of hiking experiences. Paved, ADA-friendly trails enable visitors to walk or bicycle near featured mounds, including Sauls Mound, Mound 28, and the Duck’s Nest. Access to the paved trails begins at both the group camp and museum parking lots. Unimproved nature trails give visitors a glimpse of cypress swamps and oak-hickory woodlands. A boardwalk allows visitors to view native flora and fauna of the cypress swamp and Forked Deer River
A short walk from the museum, Sauls Mound stands sentinel, dominating the landscape. Visitors may climb the stairs at the rear of the mound to the observation deck on top. Additional paved loops are accessible from the Sauls Mound juncture. These provide access to archeological features such as the barrow pit, Duck’s Nest, and Mounds 12, 15, 17, and 28. This is also an access point for the boardwalk and nature trails.
The unimproved nature trails provide visitors access to Mounds 29, 30, and the Eastern Citadel, a key feature within the Eastern Mound sector. Both Ozier Mound and the Twin Mounds are accessed in the Western Mound sector through the Forestry Division. Interpretive panels provide additional information as visitors walk along the park trails.