Coordinates: Latitude: 31.753027 Longitude: -91.829916
— From La 8 in Harrisonburg, head south on La 124. Go
1.0 mile to marker on left.
— From US 84 in Jonesville, head north on La 124. Go
8.7 miles to marker on right.
of Mounds: 7?, 1 embankment
of Visible Mounds: 3, 1 embankment
Viewing: Good, but distant
it’s distant from the marker, McGuffee Mounds is one of
the most spectacular sites on the Mounds Trail. McGuffee has at
least six, probably seven, mounds on the west bank of the Ouachita
River, as well as the longest intact earthen embankment of any
site on the Trail. The largest mound (Md. A), with a house and
trees, is 13 feet tall and about 810 by 210 feet; until the 1950s,
a smaller mound stood at its center, reminiscent of the “Great
Mound” at Troyville. Two dome-shaped 13-foot-tall mounds
(Md. D and Md. F) lie farther east. Confederate artillery was
placed on one of them during the Civil War. Another much smaller
mound (Md. E) is between them. Two other mounds (Md. B and Md.
C) to the north (not visible from the marker) are about 6 feet
tall, one reduced by plowing. The possible 7th mound is between
Mds. A and F. An embankment runs in a northwest arc from the Ouachita
River into Md. A, and then continues northeast back to the river.
A causeway (not visible from the marker) extends 120 feet due
east from Md. A. Charcoal dates the site from 100 BC to AD 700