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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  • 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

    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


  • Tools, Weapons and Torchlight Tours

    Tools, Weapons and Torchlight Tours

    04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015

    Watch the re-creation of ancient Native American tools and weapons. Demonstrators will explain how to make, use, and care for things that were very important for survival thousands of years ago. Complete your evening by seeing an amazing nighttime view of Etowah. The site will be illuminated by torchlight for guided tours.

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  • Archaeology and Artifact ID Day

    Archaeology and Artifact ID Day

    05/09/2015 - 05/09/2015

    Celebrate Archaeology month by learning about archaeology. We will have someone here to identify your artifacts, so bring them along. Discover how archaeologist learn things 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

    06/13/2015 - 06/13/2015

    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

    07/11/2015 - 07/11/2015

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

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  • Your State Parks Day

    Your State Parks Day

    09/26/2015 - 09/26/2015

    The Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is sponsoring everyone's admission, this day only. There is no parking fee on Your State Parks Day, so stay for the day and enjoy Your State Park!

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  • Skills of the Past

    Skills of the Past

    10/03/2015 - 10/03/2015

    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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  • Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling

    Nighttime Hayrides and Storytelling

    11/13/2015 - 11/14/2015

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

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