Historic High Country / Cartersville

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site

813 Indian Mounds Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30120

  • Mound C at Etowah Indian Mounds

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Swings by River

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Bridge

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Museum

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  • Mound B at Etowah Indian Mounds

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Trail Footbridge

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Excavation Photo

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Picnic Area

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Water Jug

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Museum

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Carvings

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Swings

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Artwork

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Museum Fish Basket

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Home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site contains six earthen mounds, a plaza, village area, borrow pits and a defensive ditch. This is the most intact Mississippian culture site in the southeastern United States. While only 9 percent of this site has been excavated, examination at Mound C and surrounding artifacts revealed much about the people who lived here more than 500 years ago.

The Etowah Indian Mounds symbolize a society rich in ritual. Towering over the community, the 63-foot, flat-topped earthen knoll was 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.

Today, visitors may tour the museum where exhibits interpret daily life in the once self-sufficient community. Many artifacts show how the natives of this political and religious center decorated themselves with shell beads, tattoos, paint and more.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $5.50

    Child (under 6) $1.00

    Group rates available with advance notice. please call 770-387-3747

    Seniors (62+) $4.50

    Youth (ages 6-17) $4.00

    Youth Groups (ages 6-17) $3.50

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


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    Invasive Plant Awareness - Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Etowah and come learn about the invasive plants in your backyard, then participate in a park cleanup project.

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  • Skills of the Past

    Skills of the Past

    10/01/2016 - 10/01/2016

    Watch live demonstrations of crafts from the past. Learn about the skills Native Americans had that helped them survive in their everyday lives.

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  • Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling

    Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling

    11/05/2016 - 11/05/2016

    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.

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  • First Saturday Hike

    First Saturday Hike

    01/07/2017 - 01/07/2017

    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).

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