Serpent Mound announces trail expansion

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PEEBLES, OHIO – Serpent Mound has lengthened its nature trail.

The trail has expanded and begins behind the museum. Now, the nature trail is half a mile long, and will take between 15 and 20 minutes to walk and admire the beauty of nature. Anyone can enjoy the natural trail; young, old, and even furry companions. They are allowed in the park and on the trail but they are required to be on a leash at all times.Owners must also cleaned up after pets.

“We had been planning on expanding the trail for about a year now. We needed to contact the Ohio History Connection first to make sure we wouldn’t be disturbing anything on the land since Serpent Mound is an active archaeology site” said Randy Mickle who is the education coordinator for the park.

“The expansion took between two to three days. The trees seemed to have already shaped a path so we followed it, and cleaned it up. The work we did wasn’t too strenuous and we even had a group of Boy Scouts help out as part of their community service.”

This weekend would be the perfect time to check out the nature trail because Serpent Mound will be hosting their last program for the summer, Archaeology Day, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. The event will take place under shelter, allowing it to be a rain or shine event.

According to the Arc of Appalachia website, “Local artifact collectors will be on site displaying their collections. Bring in your own artifacts, a professional archaeologist will be on-site to help identify any artifacts you may have. Native Skill demonstrations such as flint-knapping and atlatl throwing will be ongoing throughout the day. In the picnic shelter, professional presentations will be provided by experienced experts. For the children, we’ll have Native American games and face painting. Tours will be offered from the museum throughout the day and you are also welcome to take a self-guided hike on our nature trail.” There will also be a pottery demonstration from Thomas Grooms, experienced historians Craig Nordquist and Craig Goodwin will be available to chat and answer questions, and park staff will be hosting the guided tours at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Tim Goodwin, who is the park manager also mentioned, “We will be having collectors from all over the state displaying their collections. When do you ever get the chance to see authentic artifacts, I feel like you just don’t see them in the museums anymore. I think it will be a lot of fun, and educational for everyone”

Parking will be $8, and the event is free.

Hanna Mills

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