Mississippi Mounds Trail
The Mississippi Mound Trail project is a self-guided driving tour located along or near Highway 61, a major north-south transportation route along the western part of the state. Highway 61 is also part of the scenic highway known as “The Great River Road.” The trail route parallels the Mississippi River, one of the greatest commercial waterways in our country and used extensively by the American Indians in the past.
According to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the purpose of this trail project is to raise awareness and enhance protection of the vast array of pre-contact (prehistoric) Indian mounds and earthworks in Mississippi. The project will accomplish this by encouraging preservation, providing interpretation, fostering education, and promoting economic development along Mississippi’s roadways.
The Mississippi tour will include up to 30 selected mounds, each visible from the road and marked with interpretive signage. Signs have just been installed at the Edgefield Mounds site along Norfolk Rd in Northwest DeSoto County.
Many partners have worked together to envision and develop the Mississippi Mound Trail project. Partners include the Department of Archives and History, Mississippi Department of Transportation Environmental Division, and the Mississippi Lower Delta Partnership, as well as many other representatives of American Indian tribes, federal, state, and local agencies, and private organizations.