Discover Cahokia and Kincaid Indian Mounds in Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

Owl bottle discovered in the mounds. photo Kincaid Mounds

Once the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico, Cahokia includes an interpretive center, woodhenge solar calendar and regular activities.

Before you go: Learn what to bring, what to wear, how to get there.

Check out the programs available for kids, families and adults. Most activities are free. For example, enjoy an hour long Storytelling Program presented by a Native American storyteller. Or, take a 3-mile nature hike led by an archaeologist and naturalist. The program lasts 1 hour and is free.

The Site serves as many as 350,000 visitors yearly from all fifty states and over eighty foreign countries. Here are just a few of our free programs:

  • Kids Day: Features hands-on activities, crafts, games and Indian dancing to teach today’s youth of the culture that existed here over 1,000 years ago.
  • Lecture Series: January – April CMMS hosts lecturers each month to speak of Native Americans and archaeology.
  • Nature/Culture Hikes: Offered in the Spring and Fall by a staff archaeologist and a botanical specialist.
  • Equinox & Solstice Sunrises: Observed at the reconstructed Woodhenge, with an explanation of the discovery and function of the ancient calendar.

For more information
Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau
Shawnee Wine Trail
Cahokia Mounds information: in Illinois, in St Louis .

Getting There
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234, phone: 618-346-5160
Directions: From I-55 take exit 6 IL Rte 111. From I-255 exit 24

Kincaid Mounds
Kincaid Mounds, an Illinois Historic Site, is a designated site on 105 acres at the heart of the Kincaid Mounds Archaeological Site. Kincaid Mounds is notable for both its significant role in native North American prehistory and for the central role the site has played in the development of modern archaeological techniques.

Found at Kincaid Mounds photo Kincaid Mounds

The interpretive platform area is open from dawn to dusk.  Visitors are not allowed on the mounds. Pets are allowed on a leash on the interpretive platform area. No pets are allowed on the mounds.

Getting There
From Interstate 24, take the Metropolis/Brookport Exit, travel east on U.S. 45 towards Brookport and before entering Brookport, turn left on Unionville Road, go 6.25 miles through Unionville to New Cut Road. At New Cut Road turn right (going south) and travel 3.6 miles to Kincaid Mounds Road. Turn left, (going east) on Kincaid Mounds Road for .6 miles to the observation platform. A map and directions are available on the website.

Where to stay
At the Irish Inn, the innkeepers, Brian & Lynn McCreery, will greet you at the door. Instantly, you know that you have discovered a treasure in the Shawnee National Forest. This B&B is all about hospitality. Address: 600 Soloman Lane, Ozark, IL phone (618) 695-3355 or (618) 695-5683. Kid and pet friendly.

San Damiano Retreat Center is a peaceful and scenic retreat. Adults can find a quiet place for rest, relaxation, and meditation with a great Ohio River view from all rooms. The retreat is located 2 miles south of the intersection of IL routes 146 & 34. Read more at Striped Pot San Damiano Retreat Center.

San Damiano is a retreat for adults. There are no provisions for children. Perfect for adults who need a safe and quiet place for rest, relaxation, and meditation. Call for reservations. Phone (618) 285-3507 or call toll free 1-800-716-1558.

More to see

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The Chocolate Factory  is located just across from Dixon Springs State Park entrance. Stop here first, get some chocolate deviled eggs for a picnic in this beautiful park. Phone: 1-877-949-3829.


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