Madison and St. Clair Counties | 10 Miles
Type: Regional On-Street Cultural Trail
Hours: Open Sunrise to Sunset
Location and Directions: We recommend beginning the journey at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and ending at Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis.
Facilities: Restrooms, picnic facilities, and a gift shop are available at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Interpretive Center. Signs are posted throughout the length of the trail. https://cahokiamounds.org/
Regulations: This is an on-street trail best experienced via bicycle or automobile. All state and local street regulations apply.
The purpose of the Mounds Heritage Trail is to introduce many people to the society that once reigned at Cahokia Mounds, and also to what it was like to travel between the mound center communities and how they were connected in the past. Travel occurred between the communities in one of two ways: walking or in a dugout canoe through waterways. Today, it is a signed, multi-use on-road route, with an emphasis on bicycling, combined with an auto tour for motorists. It connects to public transit at many points along the way, The route links a fascinating mix of cultural and natural resources in Illinois and Missouri. It connects Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Illinois with the historic sites in what was once called Mound City, St. Louis, and other mound complexes throughout the region.