Poverty Point National Monument. Short description of the Poverty Point National Monument

Atlas of North and South America

Free download  detailed map of North and South America

 

Poverty Point National Monument/State Historic Site in northeastern Louisiana, near Epps. Short description of the Poverty Point National Monument

Poverty Point National Monument/State Historic Site

In northeastern Louisiana, near Epps

 

Owned and funded by the Louisiana Office of State Parks, this 402-acre site interprets the culture of the peoples who constructed prehistoric earthworks here between 1700 and 700 bc. The observation tower offers views of much of their terrain, while a museum, an archeological laboratory, interpretive trails, and audiovisual programs tell the stories of these ancient local residents. Tram tours and craft workshops bring Native American cultural traditions to life. The site was designated a national monument on October 31, 1988.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Touring museum and site. Facilities: Visitor center, museum, outdoor interpretive exhibits, movies, hiking trails. Programs & Events: Guided open-air tram tours (Mar.-Oct.), basket weaving workshops (Oct.-Feb.), Fall School Days (last Fri., Sept.), flintknapping workshop (3rd weekend, Feb.). Tips & Hints: Tour in morning during summer to avoid heat. Busiest Oct., Apr. and May; least crowded Jan. and Feb.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

Camping: None in park. In Epps: Hale Campground (off Rte. 577, near park's northern boundary, tel. 318/926-5698; 15 sites; $10-$15; hook-ups). IS Hotels: None in park. In Delhi: Best Western Delhi Inn (135 Snider Rd., tel. 318/878-5126; 45 rooms; $49-$52), Days Inn of Delhi (113 Snider Rd., tel. 318/878-9000; 48 rooms; $55-$65). X Restaurants: None in park. In Epps: LiT Cafe (915 Rte. 17, tel. 318/ 926-2200; $7; no dinner Mon.). In Delhi: Hannahs Sideboard (1 Broadway Sq., tel. 318/878-9721; $7; no lunch Sat.). 6 Groceries: In Epps: Bestway Grocery (910 Rte. 17, tel. 318/926-3902).

 

FEES & HOURS

Free. Park and visitor center open daily 9-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Near Epps; from 1-20 take Exit 153 (Rte. 17) north to Epps, make a right on Rte. 134 for 5 mi, then left on Rte. 577 for 1 mi. Closest airports: Monroe (55 mi), Jackson, MS (75 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Poverty Point National Monument (c/o Poverty Point State Historic Site, Box 276, Epps, LA 71237, tel. 318/926-5492 or 888/926-5492,). Epps Town Hall (120 Maple St., Epps, LA 71237, tel. 318/926-5224).

Poverty Point National Monument/State Historic Site in northeastern Louisiana, near Epps. Short description of the Poverty Point National Monument