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Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site

Your State Parks Day

Grab your outdoor gear, pack a picnic, and load the car up. Free admission and parking at participating sites courtesy of Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. On Sat., Sept. 27, over 60 parks and historic sites across Georgia will be offering numerous volunteer projects and family-friendly programs in honor of National Public Lands Day.

Here are our Top Three choices:

Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site
401 Little White House Rd., Warm Springs
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tour Franklin D. Roosevelt’s still-furnished vacation home and see his wheelchair made from a kitchen chair. Touch the naturally warm spring in the historic pools. Also see FDR’s
cane collection, an iron lung and hand-controlled convertible car. 75 minutes southwest of
Atlanta. 706-655-5870
Regular Admission: Adults, $12; ages 6-17, $7; 6 and younger, $2
gastateparks.org/LittleWhiteHouse

Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site
813 Indian Mounds Rd., Cartersville. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Climb to the top of a 63-foot earthen mound or go inside a recreated mud house and walk the riverside nature trail. 45 minutes north of Atlanta. 770-387-3747.
Regular Admission: Adults, $6; ages 6-17, $4; 6 and younger, $2
gastateparks.org/EtowahMounds

New Echota Cherokee Capital
1211 Chatsworth Hwy NE., Calhoun. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tour several buildings and learn how 1800s Cherokee lived much like their American neighbors. Kids can explore the print shop, furnished houses and nature trail. One hour north of Atlanta. 706-624-1321.
Regular Admission: Adults, $7; ages 6-17, $5.50
gastateparks.org/NewEchota
– Hayley Markowitz