Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

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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GPS Coordinates:
N 34.127816 | W -084.806550

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

813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W.
Cartersville, GA 30120
Bartow County



Dugout Canoe Building!
Friday, Dec 4, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Friday, Dec 11, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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!! Program is free with the purchase of general admission $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Archery at the Mounds
Friday, Dec 4, 2015 3 PM to 5 PM
Friday, Dec 11, 2015 3 PM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Learn the basics of archery at the ancient Indian Mounds, free with admission! Lead by an AmeriCorps Ranger, come see if archery is the right hobby for you. Ages 7 and older. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign a waiver.  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia
First Saturday Hike
Saturday, Jan 2, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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.
Native American Heritage Day at Etowah
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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...  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible
Native American Tools & Weapons
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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.
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