Madira Bickel Mound

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This state park was the first Native American location to be designated a “State Archaeological Site” in all of Florida. Occupation here goes back to around the 1st century AD.

The mound itself is about 20 feet high and as wide as 170 feet, made of shells, sand and general refuse. The Tocobaga Indians considered it to be sacred. There is also a smaller native burial mound in the park.

The name of the park comes from Madira Bickel – Karl and Madira Bickel owned the land around the area and donated it to the state of Florida in 1948.

There are no known ghost sightings here, but many people do feel an “otherworldly presence” when they visit. Feelings of being watched and followed are common.

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Bayshore Dr
Manatee, FL
United States

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27.565981359131342, -82.59303420782089
Manatee County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Memphis, FL (2.9 mi.)
Palmetto, FL (3.3 mi.)
West Bradenton, FL (4.6 mi.)
Bradenton, FL (4.8 mi.)
Ellenton, FL (5.0 mi.)
West Samoset, FL (7.0 mi.)
South Bradenton, FL (7.1 mi.)
Samoset, FL (7.4 mi.)
Holmes Beach, FL (8.7 mi.)
Cortez, FL (8.8 mi.)

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