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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.
 
   Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site Business Plan


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


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
Introduction to Archery at the Mounds
Fridays 2 PM - 4 PM – Feb 5, 2016 until Feb 26, 2016 
Learn the basics of archery at the Etowah Indian Mounds, lead by an AmeriCorps Ranger. Recommended for Ages 7 and older. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign a waiver.  $5. 770-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Dugout Canoe Building
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Early American explorers well documented the Native American method of building a solid wood dugout canoe. Join AmeriCorps Rangers in this free event to see this process for yourself. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead in case of bad weather. 770-387-3747.
Tracks and Trails of Etowah Animals
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Don't let the winter gloom get you down, bring the family to Etowah where we'll craft a paw print guide to animals of North Georgia. You'll learn where to look for these tracks and weather permitting, we'll go find some wild paw prints. Meet at the Visitor’s Center, no registration needed. Email questions to redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Don't get Lost, get into Orienteering
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Staying on course is a key to life, so learn how to use a compass to find your way on our orienteering course. Orienteering is fun for all ages, so bring the family and join us to explore Etowah. Meet us at the Visitor's Center to start the fun. Email questions to redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
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Native American Heritage Day at Etowah
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Etowah will be hosting a lecture on historic Creek and Cherokee cultures in Georgia. Come learn about how our modern society still carries the past on its shoulders. There will also be a genealogy lecture and workshop to help guests understand how their families have been influenced by Native Americans.  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible
Native American Tools & Weapons
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Learn from an expert how to make, use and care for ancient tools and weapons. See why their uses often meant survival. Also explore the earthen mounds and visit the museum.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Torchlight Tour
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Step back in time as you enjoy our guided tour along a torch-lit path at night and explore the illuminated mounds and grounds at night.  $5. 770-387-3747.
Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate Archaeology month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified by professionals. Discover what archaeologists do and how they learn from artifacts. There will be various activities throughout the day.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible
Etowah's "Hidden Gems" Hike
4th Saturday of Month 10 AM from May 28, 2016 until Jul 23, 2016 
The perimeter trail at Etowah offers a since of how big the Native American Village was and allows guests a certain perspective of features on the mounds which become more noticeable from different angles. Join the site's Curator/Interpretive Ranger on a walk around the perimeter trail as seldom mentioned features are pointed out and discussed.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Hidden Gem
Junior Ranger Camp #1 ages 10-12 and camp#2 ages 7-9
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 to Friday, Jun 10, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 to Friday, Jul 15, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Children between the ages of 7 and 12 can enjoy four days of exploring the site and learning about nature and Georgia’s history while working to earn a Jr. Ranger badge. Registration begins May 3rd and ends May 3st (camp #1) and July 8th (camp #2). Payment is expected at time of registration. No refunds after 5:00 pm on the day of registration.  $80. 770-387-3747.
Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Learn about Native American life, archaeology, and nature through fun activities like The Scavenger Hunt Challenge where guests get outside to see and do things around the park.  $2 - $6. 706-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Etowah Games Day
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Learn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Launch the AmeriCorps Dugout Canoe
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
You've watched us craft a dugout canoe for months, and we're finally ready to sail. We're putting this fine vessel to the test on the Etowah River. You'll be witnessing history as we either sail downstream valiantly or swim downstream valiantly but either way it's a fun day at the Etowah Mounds. Email redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Summer's For The Birds
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Learn 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.
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Invasive Plant Awareness - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Etowah and come learn about the invasive plants in your backyard, then participate in a park cleanup project. 770-387-3747.
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Watch live demonstrations of crafts from the past. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive in their everyday lives.  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Enjoy a hayride tour of the Etowah Mounds at night by torchlight followed by a fun evening of snacks and Native American stories. This is a Friends of Etowah Indian Mounds hosted event.  $5. 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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