Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

 
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› Leashed pets are allowed on historic site trails, however, they are not allowed in buildings. Please view our Park Rules page for more information.
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.

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 Road SW
Cartersville, GA 30120
Bartow County
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Phone
770-387-3747

Painting Day
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
We need 10-30 volunteers for scraping and painting benches, fences, stairs, hand rails, and picnic tables. Please call ahead of time if you plan on volunteering. 770-387-3747.
Plants and Animals of the Etowah River
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Come learn about the plants and Animals that live in and around the Etowah River.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Soak It In
Fall Flower Bed Clean-out
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Several Volunteers are needed to clean out our entrance's flower bed of Summer flowers and prepared it for fall flower planting. Please call ahead of time to let park staff know you intend to help for the day. 770-387-3747.
Etowah Annual Cleanup - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Have fun Celebrating National Public Lands Day with others at Etowah. Learn about invasive plants that you could see in your backyard; some of them may surprise you. Then put your knowledge to the test while participating in a park clean-up project. Volunteers get in free for the day. 770-387-3747.
Skills of the Past
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Fall Flower Bed Planting
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
We need a couple of people to prepare and plant the flower bed at the entrance of the museum. If you are interested in volunteering to do this, call the park ahead of time. 770-387-3747.
Lighting of the Mounds - Tiki Torch Set Up
Friday, Nov 3, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
We need about 10 volunteers to help set up Tiki Torches, other lighting, and get fire buckets ready for our event the following day. If you are interested in volunteering for the whole day or part of the day, please call the park ahead of time to let us know. 770-387-3747.
Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 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.  $5. 770-387-3747.
Winter Rake-up
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
By December most of the leaves will be off the tress at our site, and we are likely to be behind on raking them up... 770-387-3747.
Last Saturday Hike
Saturday, Dec 30, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Whether you want learn some of the site's history or just see some nature, come on out and enjoy part of the last day of the year at Etowah Indian Mounds and hike with a ranger around the site, before it closes for the New Year.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.