Plan Your Visit

aerial view of town creek indian mound

Town Creek, situated on Little River (a tributary of the Great Pee Dee in central North Carolina), has been the focus of a consistent program of archaeological research under one director for more than half a century. This research has contributed to scientific understanding of the original inhabitants of our continent and has provided educational opportunities for many graduate and undergraduate students in anthropology. Moreover, these contributions to science and higher education were made as the site contributed directly to public education.

Hours and Location

Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1p.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Monday and most major holidays
Admission is free

509 Town Creek Mound Rd.
Mt. Gilead, NC 27306


Admission is free
Donations are appreciated

Guided Tours

Self-guided tours of the rebuilt structures and mound are available during normal operating hours.


Historic Structures
The reconstructed village site includes the mound and townhouse, the east lodge, and mortuary or clan lodge.
Visitor Center
The visitor center contains interpretive exhibits and audiovisual programs that bring alive a rich cultural heritage from the buried past.
Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
A nature trail along the river includes ferns, plants, and many types of trees. The mortuary contains an exhibit depicting a burial scene with an accompanying audio program.
Handicapped Accessibility
The visitor center is accessible to all visitors. There is a short walk to the ceremonial center. The east lodge and mortuary are accessible.
Picnic Facilities
Fourteen uncovered tables are available on the grounds.
Museum Store
A shopping area is located in the visitor center. Items include educational books, jewelry, T-shirts, and postcards.

Programs, Group Activities

Special events throughout the year focus on American Indian lifestyles and experimental archaeology. Hands-on activities are available year-round for scheduled groups.

Group Reservations