Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Historic Site 770-387-3747

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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.

Museum Hours:

Tuesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mound Area Hours:

Tuesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Closed Sunday–Monday
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $6.00
- Seniors (62+): $5.00
- Youth (6–17): $4.00
- Youth Groups: $3.50
- Child (under 6): $2.00
Group rates available with advance notice.


• 6 Earthen Mounds
• Museum with Film
• Gift Shop
• 20 Picnic Tables
• Riverside Benches
• Bus Parking

Nearby Attractions:

• Allatoona Pass Battlefield
• Bartow History Center
• Booth Western Art Museum
Cartersville-Bartow County, GA
Chief Vann House Historic Site
• Funk Heritage Center
• Lake Allatoona
New Echota Historic Site
Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site
Red Top Mountain State Park
Rome, Georgia
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Tellus Science Museum

Archaeological Institute of America Article

Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns

Note: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate Archaeology month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified. 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
Native American Gardens
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1 PM to 5 PM
We will need about 5 volunteers to help clean, prepare, and plant our Native American Garden plot, as well as do some maintenance work in our native plant garden. If you would like to volunteer, please call the park ahead of time. 770-387-3747.
Etowah's Jr. Ranger Summer Activity Days
Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 10 AM to 4 PM
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kids age 6-12 years old can come enjoy a day of games, activities, and learning experiences. Each activity day will consist of lost prevention, a guided tour, nature hike, and a primitive tools and weapons show - with simple blow dart making; other games and activities will be scheduled around the weather. Registration is required.  $30. 770-387-3747.
National Trails Day Hike
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Hike Etowah Mounds' Interpretive Trail to the river, learning about site history and various wildlife. We will then hike back to the museum along our River Walk Nature Trail discussing native flora.  $2 - $6. 770-387-3747.
Volunteer for the Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
We need about 15 volunteers to man stations at our Scavenger Hunt Challenge. If interested, please call Ranger Keith, at the park, ahead of time, to discuss how you can help. 770-387-3747.
Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Come join us at Etowah Mounds for some outdoor fun while learning about Native American life, archaeology, and nature through fun activities like "The Scavenger Hunt Challenge" where guests explore the grounds and get involved in activities to complete the hunt.  $2 - $6 plus $5 parking. 770-387-3747.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Volunteer for Etowah Games Day
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
We need several volunteers to set up and host gaming stations, where guests can learn a little about a game Native Americans played, and in some cases allow guests to play those games. If you are interested in volunteering to help out at this special event, please call Ranger Keith ahead of time to see how you can help out. 770-387-3747.
Etowah Games Day
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Painting Day
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. If you are interested in raking leaves, picking up sticks, piling them into trailers, and helping us unload them at an erosion control and composting area, then please call us ahead of time to let us know. We need 10-30 volunteers. 770-387-3747.
Last Saturday Hike
Saturday, Dec 30, 2017 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
813 Indian Mounds Road SW
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 Road SW
Cartersville, GA 30120 View Details

Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site