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Hiking around the Indian Mounds

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Recently, my husband and I took advantage of the lovely spring weather in southwestern Tennessee, where we are currently camping, to get out in nature. I laced up my hiking boots, and we loaded up our dog, Chewie, and headed to Shiloh National Military Park near Savannah, Tennessee.  In addition to Civil War history related to the famous battle fought there in April 1962, the grounds of the battlefield also encompass the mounds that remain from Native Americans who lived there until about 800 years ago. You can read more about that here.

Hiking boots on and ready to go

Hiking boots on and ready to go

Jim and I have enjoyed this park several times, so today we went there specifically to hike the Indian Mounds trail, which is a little bit over a mile loop. Here are some of the beautiful shots we got while out and about.

Jim and Chewie in front of Interpretive Building for Mounds

Jim & Chewie in front of Interpretive Building for Mounds

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Scattered along the trail are this signs that help explain the people and the sites seen.

One of the smaller mounds near the largest mound

One of the smaller mounds near the largest mound

We're making our way up to the larger mound

We’re making our way up to the larger mound

Now, here are some shots from the view from the top of the largest mound, built on the high banks of the Tennessee River. We had to climb a set of stairs, located on the southeast side of the mound, to get to the top.

Information at the top of the largest mound, riverside

Information at the top of the largest mound, southeast and riverside

Looking across the top of the mound toward the river

Looking across the top of the mound toward the river

On the northeast corner of the mound, it drops rapidly and almost straight down to the Tennessee River.

Looking down from the northeast edge

Looking down from the northeast edge

Looking to southeast corner of the mound from northeast

Looking to southeast corner of the mound from northeast

We were about half way through our hike here. The three of us enjoyed the walk through woods and over bridges back to the starting point. By the time we were done, it was getting warmer, and Jim and I had both worked up a sweat.  We stopped briefly at the book store; Jim wanted to see if they had a book on a subject of interest to him. They did.  Here we are – tired (and I’m flushed) but happy – heading home.

Angela, Chewie, and Jim (L to R)

Angela, Chewie, and Jim (L to R)

BTW, I forgot to mention that not too far from the Mounds hiking trail is a tree with a family of bald eagles. That is something else one can enjoy viewing at Shiloh.

 

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