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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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Swings by River

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Museum

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Trail Footbridge

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Museum Fish Basket

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Artwork

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Museum

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Bridge

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Picnic Area

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Effigies

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Swings

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  • Etowah Indian Mounds Excavation Photo

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  • Mound B at Etowah Indian Mounds

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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 to Work on the Pine Mountain Trail

    Volunteer to Work on the Pine Mountain Trail

    07/14/2018 - 07/14/2018

    Meet up with Pine Mountain Trail Leaders at the Park Office parking lot on Highway 190 and get your assignment for trail work. Work day may be cancelled due to bad weather. Bring snack/lunch and water. Dress for the weather.

    Saturday, March 17, 2018
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Saturday, April 21, 2018
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Saturday, June 9, 2018
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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  • Skills of the Past

    Skills of the Past

    10/06/2018 - 10/06/2018

    International Archaeology Day is celebrated each October. At Etowah, we celebrate it each year on the first Saturday of the month. Come see demonstrations of primitive skills that were essential to the Native Americans of the Southeast in prehistoric times.

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