NOTICE: Open Wednesday through Saturday.
Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site Business Plan
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.
Hours: Wednesday–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:
- $5.50 Adults
- $4.50 Seniors (62+)
- $3.50 Youth (6-17)
- $1.00 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.
Artifact ID and Day of Discovery|
Saturday, Jun 1, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
|Archaeologists Dr. Adam King and associates will speak at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Also, a professional archaeologist will be present from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to identify and date artifacts brought in by the public, including points, blades and pottery. $3.50-$5.50 770-387-3747.|
Junior Ranger Camp at Etowah Mounds|
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 until Friday, Jun 21, 2013 9 AM to 2 PM
|Join us at Etowah Indian Mounds for three days of fun in June. Copper and leather crafts, storytelling, dig boxes, games of skill and other outdoor activities are planned. Registration begins May 1. $45. 770-387-3747.|