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Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Historic Site 770-387-3747

 

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.
 
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Hours: Tuesday–Saturday / 9AM–5PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
For a more enjoyable visit, plan to spend 1–2 hours.
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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.


FACILITIES:
    • 6 Earthen Mounds
    • Museum with Film
    • Gift Shop
    • 20 Picnic Tables
    • Riverside Benches
    • Bus Parking




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Note: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Events
Summer's For The Birds
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn about birds and birding while focusing on several of the area’s most common birds. We will have bird walks to try and identify any birds we see or hear. Walks begin at 10 a.m. and 12 noon weather permitting. ($2 - $6)  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Pollinators in your Backyard - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 4 PM
Come help rebuild our native plant beds and make a section into a pollinator garden while enjoying the park and learning about the importance of pollinators. The Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is sponsoring volunteer's admissions for the day.  $4-$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Watch demonstrations of crafts from the past. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive their everyday lives.  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Friday, Nov 13, 2015 until Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 7 PM to 9 PM
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.  $2 - $10. 770-387-3747.
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, Jan 2, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate the New Year by going for a short leisure hike around Etowah Mounds. The hike includes a tour of the mounds and nature trail. The hike will be about 1. 5 miles long and takes about 2 hours (depending on the weather, wildlife seen, and the questions asked).  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
A Mid-Winters Day at Etowah
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Learn about preparing for gardens in the spring, invasive plants, and helping wildlife thrive through the rest of the winter. Winter is the perfect time to prepare wildflower gardens, control invasive plants, and give wildlife a helping hand. Plus, we will have wildlife crafts for the kids.  $2 - $6 call for more details. 770-387-3747.
Address/Directions
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W.
Cartersville, GA 30120
Bartow County


GPS Coordinates:
N 34.127816 | W -084.806550

Located 5 miles southwest of I-75 exit #288. Follow brown directional signs.

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Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W.
Cartersville, GA 30120 View Details


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Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site


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