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.


GPS Coordinates:
N 34.127816 | W -084.806550

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

813 Indian Mounds Road SW
Cartersville, GA 30120
Bartow County



Etowah's "Hidden Gems" Hike
4th Saturday of Month 10 AM from May 28, 2016 until Jul 23, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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...  $2-$6. 770-387-3747.
Hidden Gem
Dugout Canoe Building
Saturday, May 28, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
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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. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead in case of bad weather.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Etowah Nature Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
This nature hike will begin in our amphitheater and proceed down to the river along our Interpretive trail. At the river we will spend some time looking for wild-life around the river. We will then hike back to the museum along our River Walk Nature Trail.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
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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
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Camp #1: Ages 10-12; Camp #2: Ages 7-9. Children 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 31st (camp #1) and July 8th (camp #2). Payment due at time of registration...  $80. 770-387-3747.
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Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/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.
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Etowah Games Day
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/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.
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Launch the AmeriCorps Dugout Canoe
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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...  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
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Summer's For The Birds
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Presenter/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.
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Invasive Plant Awareness - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
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.
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