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Fulton County Historical Markers

Hightower (Etowah) Trail


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Hightower (Etowah) Trail
  • Location: Hightower Trail, west of Roswell Road

HIGHTOWER (ETOWAH) TRAIL

Hightower (Etowah) Trail, of the best marked Indian Trails in Georgia and a main road along 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 of the noted Trading Paths 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.

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GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION

1957