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.

Closed Sunday, 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.

Effective October 15, 2020, guided tours will cost $2 per adult; $1 for children ages 5-12, and seniors.  This request does not apply to scheduled regular school group tours, and is dependent on tour guide availability. Admission to the site & self-guided tours remain free


Historic Structures
The reconstructed village site includes the mound and townhouse, the east lodge, and mortuary or clan lodge. The mortuary contains an exhibit depicting a burial scene with an accompanying audio program.
Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
A 1/4 mile long nature trail along the river bottom includes ferns, plants, and many types of trees.  Outdoor exhibits along the trail share information on plant and animal species native to the Little River valley.
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 adjacent to the parking area.

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