Historic High Country / Cartersville

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site

813 Indian Mounds Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30120

770-387-3747
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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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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Swings by River

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Bridge

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Picnic Area

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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

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Etowah Nature Hike - National Trails Day

    Etowah Nature Hike - National Trails Day

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    This nature hike will begin in our amphitheater and proceed down to the river along our Interpretive trail. At the river, we will spend some time looking for wildlife around the river. We will then hike back to the museum along our River Walk Nature Trail.

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  • Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge

    Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge

    06/18/2016 - 06/18/2016

    Learn about Native American life, archaeology, and nature through fun activities like The Scavenger Hunt Challenge, where guests go outside to see and do things around the park.

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  • Etowah Games Day

    Etowah Games Day

    07/09/2016 - 07/09/2016

    Learn about games that early Native Americans played and how they have influenced modern games and sports.

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  • 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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