Hightower (Etowah) Trial – Fulton Co., GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 33° 59.470 W 084° 21.605
16S E 743848 N 3764318
Quick Description: Hightower (Etowah) Trail, one of the best marked Indian trails in Georgia it was recognized as an early boundary between Cherokee and Creek lands. Hightower Trial State Historical Marker located on the N side of Hightower Trail, west of Roswell Rd.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 12/15/2007 11:53:47 AM
Waymark Code: WM2RNY
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member kbarhow
Views: 136

Long Description:


Hightower (Etowah) Trial


Hightower (Etowah) Trail, one of the best marked Indian trails in Georgia, and a main road which many settlers built their homes until the 1840’s, crossed this highway near here on its way to a nearby ford on the Chattahoochee River. A crossover between two noted Trading Path from Augusta, it was recognized as an early boundary between Cherokee and Creek lands. A part of it became, in 1823, the boundary between Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties. Segments of the trail are abandoned but much of it remains in modern roads. The name is believed to come from the Cherokee, Ita-Wa.

After northwest Georgia was opened to settlement in 1832, numerous pioneers migrated over this the old trace and many build their homes along it. The name of the trail its believed to come from the Cherokee, Ita-Wa, but the first English to visit this section pronounced and recorded the name Hightower. Today most visible remains of the trail have been erased by urban settlement, but parts of it survive as modern roads.

GHM 060-114 - Georgia Historical Commission - 1967


The marker is located in a homes front yard. As always, be respectfully of others property.

Stone Trial Marker






Georgia Historic markers on the trail.
  • Hightower (Etowah) Trail State Historical Marker GHM 044-54B westbound lanes of Stone Mountain Freeway (U.S. 78) in DeKalb County just west of the Gwinnett County line.
  • Hightower Trail Historical Marker Ga. 11 C-8 Located at corner of Ga. 11 and Hightower Trail in Social Circle, Ga.
  • Hightower (Etowah) Trail GHM 060-114 Hightower Trail, west of Roswell Road - Waymark.
  • Hightower (Etowah) Trail GHM 060-200 Ridge on Azalea Dr at Inverness Swim & Tennis Club, Roswell.

Feature Discription: This portion of the old trail has two markers, one dated 1928, and is easily accessible. I especially like the stone marker.

Web address for the route: [Web Link]

Secondary Web Address: [Web Link]

Beginning of the road: Augusta, GA.

End of the road: Not listed

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