Historic High Country / Cartersville

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site

813 Indian Mounds Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30120

770-387-3747
  • Mound C at Etowah Indian Mounds

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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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  • 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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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

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Volunteer for Etowah Games Day

    Volunteer for Etowah Games Day

    07/08/2017 - 07/08/2017

    We need several volunteers to set up and host gaming stations, where guests can learn a little about a game Native Americans played, and in some cases allow guests to play those games. If you are interested in volunteering to help out at this special event, please call Ranger Keith ahead of time to see how you can help out.

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  • Painting Day

    Painting Day

    08/05/2017 - 08/05/2017

    We need 10-30 volunteers for scraping and painting benches, fences, stairs, hand rails, and picnic tables. Please call ahead of time if you plan on volunteering.

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  • Fall Flower Bed Clean-out

    Fall Flower Bed Clean-out

    09/23/2017 - 09/23/2017

    Several volunteers are needed to clean out our flower bed of summer flowers at the entrance, and prepare it for fall flower planting. Please call ahead of time to let park staff know you intend to help for the day.

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  • Etowah Annual Cleanup - Your State Parks Day

    Etowah Annual Cleanup - Your State Parks Day

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    Have fun celebrating National Public Lands Day with others at Etowah. Learn about invasive plants that you could see in your backyard; some of them may surprise you. Then, put your knowledge to the test while participating in a park clean-up project. Volunteers get in free for the day.

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  • Skills of the Past

    Skills of the Past

    10/07/2017 - 10/07/2017

    Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times.

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  • Fall Flower Bed Planting

    Fall Flower Bed Planting

    10/14/2017 - 10/14/2017

    We need a couple of people to prepare and plant the flower bed at the entrance of the museum. If you are interested in volunteering, call the park ahead of time.

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  • Lighting of the Mounds - Tiki Torch Set Up

    Lighting of the Mounds - Tiki Torch Set Up

    11/03/2017 - 11/03/2017

    We need about 10 volunteers to help set up Tiki Torches, other lighting, and get fire buckets ready for our event the following day. If you are interested in volunteering for the whole day or part of the day, please call the park ahead of time to let us know.

    Friday, April 7, 2017 
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Friday, November 3, 2017 
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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  • Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling

    Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling

    11/04/2017 - 11/04/2017

    Experience Etowah at night on a hayride and finish the evening with snacks and a fireside story.

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  • Winter Rake-up

    Winter Rake-up

    12/02/2017 - 12/02/2017

    By December most of the leaves will be off the tress at our site, and we are likely to be behind on raking them up. If you are interested in raking leaves, picking up sticks, piling them into trailers, and helping us unload them at an erosion control and composting area, then please call us ahead of time to let us know. We need 10-30 volunteers.

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  • Last Saturday Hike

    Last Saturday Hike

    12/30/2017 - 12/30/2017

    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. Hike with a ranger around the site, before it closes for the New Year.

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