NOTICE: Open Wednesday through Saturday.
Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast. Artifacts in the museum show how natives of this political and religious center decorated themselves with shell beads, paint, complicated hairdos, feathers and copper ear ornaments. Hand-carved stone effigies weighing 125 pounds still bear some original pigments. Objects made of wood, seashells and stone are also displayed.
Visitors can follow a nature trail along the Etowah River where they can view a v-shaped fish trap used for catching fish. The trail also highlights how early civilizations used native trees for food and medicine.
While only nine percent of this site has been excavated, examination at Mound C and surrounding artifacts revealed much about the people who lived here. They were a society rich in ritual. Towering over the community, the 63-foot earthen knoll was likely used as a platform for the home of the priest-chief. In another mound, nobility were buried in elaborate costumes accompanied by items they would need in their after-lives.
Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site Business Plan
Hours: Wednesday–Saturday / 9AM–5PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
For a more enjoyable visit, plan to spend 1–2 hours.
Historic Site Admission:
- $6.00 Adults
- $5.00 Seniors (62+)
- $4.00 Youth (6-17)
- $3.50 Youth Groups (6-17)
- $2.00 Child (under 6)
Group rates available with advance notice.
Bus parking available.
• 6 Earthen Mounds
• Museum with Film
• Gift Shop
• 20 Picnic Tables
• Riverside Benches
• Bus Parking
Note: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Georgia's Native American Heritage|
Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
|Come learn how our heritage has been influenced by those who were here before us. We will spend the day examining how people and cultures from the past have helped create today's world. $2.00-$6.00. 770-387-3747.|
Tools & Weapons and Torchlight Tours|
Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 10 AM to 9 PM
|Watch the re-creation of ancient Native American tools and weapons. Demonstrators will explain how to make, use, and care for things that were very important for survival thousands of years ago. Complete your evening by seeing an amazing nighttime view of Etowah. The site will be illuminated by torchlight for guided tours. $2.00-$6.00 770-387-3747.|
Artifact ID and Celebrate Archaeology|
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
|Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. Dr. Lloyud Schroder will be here to identify your artifacts, so bring them by. Staff from the Waring Lab will be here after noon to show you how archaeologist learn things from artifacts. Park staff will host games and activities throughout the day. $2-$6. 770-387-3747.|
Junior Ranger Camp at Etowah Mounds|
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 until Friday, Jun 13, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
|Jr. Rangers, age 9-12 yrs old, join us at Etowah Indian Mounds for three days of fun. Crafts, storytelling, dig boxes, games of skill and other outdoor activities are planned daily, Wednesday through Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm. Space is limited, so be ready to register. Registration begins May 1. $45. 770-387-3747.|
Day of Discovery|
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
|Join in on our "Scavenger Hunt Challenge", unlock our History Trail Geochallenge, do an activity, and enjoy activities to learn about plants, animals, and archaeology. $2.00 - $6.00 770-387-3747.|
Native American Games Day|
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
|Learn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.|
Summer's For The Birds|
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
|This will be a great day to learn about birds and birding. Join us on a bird walk to see if you can identify any birds we see or hear. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.|
Your State Parks Day|
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
|Support Etowah by lending a hand with a service project along our nature trail. $5 parking. 770-387-3747.|
Skills of the Past|
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
|Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times. $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.|
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling|
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 until Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 7 PM to 9 PM
|Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story. $2 - $8. 770-387-3747.|