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 Bridge

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Museum Fish Basket

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Swings by River

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Effigies

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Museum

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Trail Footbridge

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Excavation Photo

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  • Mound B at Etowah Indian Mounds

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Picnic Area

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Artwork

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Museum

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Swings

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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 $6

    Child (under 6) $2

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

    Seniors (62+) $5

    Youth (ages 6-17) $4

    Youth Groups (ages 6-17) $3.50

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Invasive Plant Awareness - Your State Parks Day

    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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  • Last Saturday Hike

    Last Saturday Hike

    12/31/2016 - 12/31/2016

    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 New Year's Eve.

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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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