Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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.


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Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.127816 | W -084.806550

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

Address
813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W.
Cartersville, GA 30120
Bartow County
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Phone
770-387-3747

First Friday Hike
Friday, Jan 2, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Celebrate the new year by getting out and hiking. The leisure 1/2 mile guided hike around the site will including a tour of the mounds and a walk through our nature trail.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
A Mid-Winters Day at Etowah
Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Come learn about preparing for planting gardens in the spring 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...  $1 - $6 call for more details. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible Native American Heritage Day at Etowah
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 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...  $1 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 16, 2015 to Sunday, May 17, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. we will have someone here to identify your artifacts, so bring them by. Discover 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 10, 2015 until Friday, Jun 12, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Children between the ages of 10 and 12 can enjoy three days of exploring the site and learning about nature and Georgia’s history while completing activities to earn a Jr. Ranger badge. Registration begins May 1.  $45. 770-387-3747.
Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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.
Native American Games Day
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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 15, 2015 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Come help with one or more service projects while enjoying the park. The Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is sponsoring everone's admission, this day only. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.  $2 - $10. 770-387-3747.
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