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DeKalb County Historical Markers

Hightower (Etowah) Trail


  • Source: Ed Jackson
  • Marker: Hightower (Etowah) Trail
  • Location: Located on the ramp to the westbound lanes of Stone Mountain Freeway (U.S. 78)

HIGHTOWER (ETOWAH) TRAIL

Hightower (Etowah) Trail, one of the best marked Indian Trails in Georgia, was a much used crossover between two of the noted Trading Paths radiating from Augusta. Recognized as a former boundary between Cherokee and Creek lands, a part of it became, by Act of General Assembly 1822, the boundary line between Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties. Early families settled along the trail and it remained a main road until the 1840’s. Segments of it have been abandoned but many sections remain in use as part of present day roads. The name is believed to come from the Cherokee, Ita-Wa.

044-54B GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956