Pioneer, Louisiana: Mysterious Poverty Point Mound

Climb stairs to the top of this man-made mound built of 53 million cubic feet of dirt over 3,000 years ago, and wonder why.

Poverty Point World Heritage Site

Address:
6859 LA-577, Pioneer, LA
Directions:
Poverty Point World Heritage Site. I-20 exit 153. Drive north on LA-17 for 11.5 miles. At the stoplight turn right onto LA-134. Drive 4.5 miles. Turn left onto LA-577. Drive one mile. Park in the lot on the east side of the road, then walk back west across the road, following the paved walking trail to the grass trail to the stairs to the top of the mound.
Hours:
Mound daily dawn-dusk, museum 9-5. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
318-926-5492
Admission:
Mound free, Museum $4.
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Mysterious Poverty Point Mound

You can visit the museum, filled with hundreds of artifacts, watch a 15-minute informational video, then take the 2-mile driving tour (or 2.5 mile hiking tour) to experience the prehistoric earthworks. Truly fascinating archaeological site.

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