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19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008


A walk through prehistory at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.

spacetrail with Indian mound

Trails at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park; photo by Chuck Haralson, AR Dept. of Parks & Tourism

Date: Monday, November 17
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 (includes box lunch)

Take a walk through prehistory at Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. You will learn how a 3/4 mile ADA-accessible trail with shelters to protect visitors from the sun has opened experiences to a broader range of people.

This unique mound complex was the cultural center of the Plum Bayou people from 650 to 1050 A.D. Much is not known about the Plum Bayou people because they had no written language. It is unknown where they came from or where they went. Not all of the mounds were used at once and only one mound is known to be a burial place. Some mounds have unique alignments with the sun on solstices and equinoxes. Fifteen of the eighteen mounds built as a religious and ceremonial center have been destroyed by agricultural activity that started in the 1850s.

The workshop will include an orientation DVD and a tour of the State Park’s museum. Artifacts and exhibits on display tell the story of a people who lived in Arkansas long before Europeans arrived. A guided walking tour of the site will allow you to see the tallest mound in the state of Arkansas from only a few feet away. The gift shop offers items such as pine needle baskets, reproduction pottery, a wide selection of books, and much more!

Leader: Robin Gabe, Toltec Mounds State Park Interpreter, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Workshop Leader Bio:
This workshop will be led by Robin Gabe who has been employed by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism as a full-time Park Interpreter at Toltec Mounds State Park since 2001. She holds a B.S. in Education from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. Please feel free to contact her with questions at (501) 961-9442 or e-mail


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