Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Historic Site 770-387-3747


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.
   Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site Business Plan

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday / 9AM–5PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
For a more enjoyable visit, plan to spend 1–2 hours.

Historic Site Admission:
- $6.00 Adults
- $5.00 Seniors (62+)
- $4.00 Youth (6-17)
- $3.50 Youth Groups (6-17)
- $2.00 Child (under 6)
Group rates available with advance notice.
Bus parking available.

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


Note: Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Dugout Canoe Building!
Friday, Dec 4, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Friday, Dec 11, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
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
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
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
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. There will also be a genealogy lecture and workshop to help guests understand how their families have been influenced by Native Americans.  $2 -$6. 770-387-3747.
Handicapped Accessible
Native American Tools & Weapons
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
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
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.
Archaeology and Artifact ID Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Celebrate Archaeology month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified by professionals. 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
Junior Ranger 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
Children between the ages of 7 and 9 can enjoy four 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 3rd and ends July 8th. Payment is expected at time of registration. No refunds after 5:00 pm July 8th.  $80. 770-387-3747.
Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Etowah Games Day
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 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.
Summer's For The Birds
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Invasive Plant Awareness - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
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
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
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.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W.
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.

Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W.
Cartersville, GA 30120 View Details

Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site

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