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 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 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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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


  • First Saturday Hike

    First Saturday Hike

    01/02/2016 - 01/02/2016

    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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  • Mid-Winters Day at Etowah

    Mid-Winters Day at Etowah

    02/06/2016 - 02/06/2016

    Learn about preparing for gardens in the spring, invasive plants, and helping wildlife thrive through the rest of the winter. Winter is the perfect time to prepare wildflower gardens, control invasive plants, and give wildlife a helping hand. Plus, we will have wildlife crafts for the kids.

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  • Native American Heritage Day at Etowah

    Native American Heritage Day at Etowah

    03/12/2016 - 03/12/2016

    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.

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  • Native American Tools & Weapons

    Native American Tools & Weapons

    04/09/2016 - 04/09/2016

    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.

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  • Torchlight Tour

    Torchlight Tour

    04/09/2016 - 04/09/2016

    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.

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  • Archaeology and Artifact ID Day

    Archaeology and Artifact ID Day

    05/14/2016 - 05/14/2016

    Celebrate Archaeology Month by bringing in your artifacts to be identified by professionals. Discover how archaeologists learn from artifacts. Park staff will host games and activities throughout the day.

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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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  • Native American Games Day

    Native American 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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  • Pollinators in your Backyard - Your State Parks Day

    Pollinators in your Backyard - Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Come help rebuild our native plant beds and make a section into a pollinator garden while enjoying the park and learning about the importance of pollinators. The Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is sponsoring this event.

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  • Skills of the Past

    Skills of the Past

    10/01/2016 - 10/01/2016

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

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