Today's Etowah River was home to a vast village of Moundbuilders.
Largest of the mounds constructed by these prehistoric Native Americans
rises 63 feet above the fertile flood plain. It was the ceremonial center
of these Indians who had surprisingly advanced technology and agricultural
This great culture spread from the Mississippi Valley
in present-day Louisiana north to the Ohio River Valley, then deep into
interior of the United States. At one time Moundbuilders controlled
land from New Mexico to the Atlantic Coast, from the Gulf of Mexico
In the 1950's the property was given to the state of
Georgia by James Tumlin, who became the park's first superintendent.
Today the park represents one of the best known
and most important sites of Moundbuilders in the nation.
Highlight:Climb the largest of the
mounds then turn around at the top of the steps and view the ceremonial
grounds as an ancient chieftain might have.
Time: Allow two hours for your visit.