Historic Markers Across Georgia

Hightower (Etowah) Trail

Marker ID: GHM 044-54B
Location: westbound ramp to Stone Mountain Freeway (U.S. 78) just west of DeKalb-Gwinnett county line
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 49.391    W 084° 7.56
  33.823183    -84.126
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6GMT
Hightower (Etowah) Trail  Marker  


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.