The Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site in Cartersville, Georgia, is now open every day of the week, except Monday, from nine in the morning until 5 PM.
Georgia State Park’s website describes this unusual park as a place where:
visitors can behold the historic landscape that drew the Native Americans of the Mississippian Culture to this location where they developed a high level of artistry and craftsmanship, built a ceremonial complex of ritual and burial mounds, hunted, farmed, fished, and controlled trade along the Etowah River.
If climbing the “the 63-foot earthen knoll [that] was likely used as a platform for the home of the priest-chief” doesn’t exactly beat your drum, you can meander along the banks of the river, have lunch at one of the 20 picnic tables or relax on a bench while others roam the 54-acre park where Native Americans lived “from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D.”
History buffs won’t sit still. They’ll want to see the six earthen mounds, the spot where the ancient village once stood and the ditch dug as a defense from enemies at what authorities call “the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast.”
History buffs who also enjoy air-conditioning will want to explore Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site’s museum where artifacts decorated with beads, paint, feathers and copper are displayed.
Less than 10% of the site has been excavated thus far but there’s plenty to see and ponder for explorers of all ages.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site Information
- Tuesday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Mounds area closes at 4:30 p.m.
- Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day.
There is a charge for admission. Group rates & tours available with advance notice.
- 813 Indian Mounds Road SW; Cartersville, GA 30120