Just a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois lies 2,200 acres of archaeoloigcal remains of what was now known as Cahokia Mounds. We got up a bit earlier than normal and decided to go see what Cahokia was all about.  We loaded up the dogs and headed out.  It was a little cloudy so we didn’t plan on staying long, but once again…plans change.

Driving to the Cohokia Mounds you can see the mounds along the side of the road before you get to the Interpretive Center. You cannot bring your pets inside the center so my husband waiting outside with the dogs while I went in and explored. Inside, the center there is a snack shop, auditorium, orientation theater show, gift shop and museum.

Deer at Cohokia Mounds IllinoisOutside, the land was littered with many different mounds and a host of trails to choose from. We took a trail that led us to the back of the property and right into a large herd of deer.  The forest became dense of a while and you could smell the earth we continued on our journey until we came to a large field that was full of deer and turkey.  On the other side of the field and across the road was another large field that contained a circle of posts known as Woodhenge.  Three of these posts mark the solstices and the equinoxes.  Observances of these solar events are still held in Wo0dhenge today.

Cohokia Mounds - Monk Mound

Monk’s mound is the largest mound on the site and is measured at 100 ft tall and approximately 800 feet across. We hiked the back side of this mound only to realize once we got to the top that you must stay on the stairs and that hiking on the sides of the mounds is a no-no.  Ooops! Once at the top we could see the city of St. Louis.

St.Louis from Monk Mound at Cohokia Mounds

All in all we walked four miles that day.  Since we didn’t plan to spend that much time out and about we ended our journey at Cohokia Mounds very hungry.  These hunger pangs are what led us to the Blues City Deli…but that’s another story.