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Historic High Country: “Enchanted Land” of the Cherokees

Silvery waterfalls and trout streams, rolling valleys, and free-flowing rivers embroider the blue-green mountains of Northwest Georgia’s Historic High Country.

Visitors here prefer to hike, bike,and canoe in this area that the Cherokee Indians once called home, before their removal on the infamous Trail of Tears. Today, a host of eco-treasures, attractions, historic districts, Native American heritage, national forests, and Civil War sites attract visitors from around the world.

Enjoy the ultimate outdoor mountain experience at any of four state parks in the area. Feel the spray from the twin waterfalls that cascade over layers of sandstone and shale into pools at the bottom of the gorge at one of the most scenic parks in the state, Cloudland Canyon, on the western edge of Lookout Mountain in Rising Fawn. Or stand in awe of the ancient and mysterious rock wall on the mountain top at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth. Experience the serenity of James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park near Summerville, with its rural countryside and forest, and outstanding fishing on two stocked lakes, three miles of lake loop trails and easy access to the scenic 60-mile Pinhoti Trail. Cartersville’s Red Top Mountain State Park on 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona is ideal for swimming, boating, and fishing, as well as hiking along the lake shores and on the mountainsides.

Sail the skies from the Lookout Mountain Flight Park, which offers expansive views and a lifetime rush as you hang glide over mountains and valleys. Or revel in outdoor activities such as fly fishing, horseback riding, and sporting clays as well as a fine spa at Barnsley Resort in historic Adairsville. Farther south in Dallas, Hiram, Rockmart and Cedartown, hikers, cyclists, and equestrians can access the popular Silver Comet Trail, transformed from an old railroad route.

Pigeon Mountain in LaFayette boasts wonders galore. Find one of the deepest caves in the world – Ellison Cave – plus horseback riding trails, hiking, and primitive camping. One of the most intriguing places on the mountain is an easy one-mile hike in the woods to the mysterious “Rock Town,” a collection of boulders and monoliths that truly resemble a town and that have provided shelter to wildlife and Native Americans alike.

In Georgia’s Rome, take a kayak or canoe along the Etowah River Trails, or catch a game of the Rome Braves minor league baseball team.

Honor and reflect on Native American contributions to Northwest Georgia culture at Cartersville’s Etowah Indian Mounds, a ceremonial center more than four centuries ago; at Calhoun’s New Echota Historic Site, once the capital of the entire Cherokee Nation; and at Chatsworth’s Chief Vann House Historic Site.

Stroll through lovely gardens such as the unusual folk-art ROCK Garden in Calhoun, the breathtaking Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, or famous Rock City Gardens on Lookout Mountain.

In the southernmost part of the Historic High Country region, explore Villa Rica, with its Pine Mountain Gold Museum and the trails in Stockmar Park, or the nature trails at 200-acre Clinton Nature Preserve.

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Historic High Country - Locations

Chief Vann House

Historic High Country
82 Hwy. 225 N.
Chatsworth, GA 30705-6331
706-695-2598

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Fort Mountain State Park

Historic High Country
181 Fort Mountain Park Rd.
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-422-1932

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James H. Floyd State Park

Historic High Country
2800 'Sloppy' Floyd Lake Rd.
Summerville, GA 30747
706-857-0826

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Gibbs Gardens

Historic High Country
1998 Gibbs Dr.
Ball Ground, GA 30107
770-893-1881

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Blanket’s Creek Bicycle Trail

Historic High Country
Sixes Rd., west of I-575, exit 11
Woodstock, GA 30189
678-568-1508

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Funk Heritage Center and Appalachian Settlement

Historic High Country
7300 Reinhardt College Cir.
Waleska, GA 30183
770-720-5970

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Etowah Indian Mounds

Historic High Country
813 Indian Mounds Rd. SW
Cartersville, GA 30120
770-387-3747

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Cloudland Canyon State Park

Historic High Country
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd.
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
706-657-4050

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Pine Mountain Gold Museum at Stockmar Park

Historic High Country
1881 Stockmar Rd.
Villa Rica, GA 30180
770-459-8455

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Lamar Moody Park

Historic High Country
2377 Lake Paradise Rd.
Villa Rica, GA 30180
770-459-7011

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Gold Dust Park

Historic High Country
646 Industrial Blvd.
Villa Rica, GA 30180
770-459-7011

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New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site

Historic High Country
1211 Chatsworth Hwy. NE
Calhoun, GA 30701
706-624-1321

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4 Oaks Farm and Produce

Historic High Country
7655 Hwy. 225 N
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-264-0899

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6th Cavalry Museum

Historic High Country
6 Barnhardt Cir.
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
706-861-2860

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Aaron’s Family Orchards

Historic High Country
8350 Hwy. 52 E.
Ellijay, GA 30536
706-273-3180

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Adamson Square

Historic High Country
115 Rome St.
Carrollton, GA 30117
770-832-6901

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Adventure Trail Rides

Historic High Country
933 Cashes Valley Rd.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-258-BARN

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Albert Rollins Park and Baseball Complex

Historic High Country
521 Threadmill Rd
Dalton, GA 30720
706-226-0341

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Allatoona Lake and Visitors Center

Historic High Country
1138 GA Hwy. 20 Spur
Cartersville, GA 30121
678-721-6700

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Allatoona Landing Marine Resort

Historic High Country
24 Allatoona Landing Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30121
770-974-6089

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Amelia’s: The Johnson Family Homeplace

Historic High Country
139 Connecticut Ave.
Tallapoosa, GA 30176
770-574-7193

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Angus McLeod Memorial Park

Historic High Country
Alabama Ave.
Lyerly, GA 30730
706-895-2611

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Annie Powell Berry House

Historic High Country
203 Peachtree St.
Villa Rica, GA 30180
678-785-1002

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Appalachian Trail – Ellijay

Historic High Country
Springer Mountain
Dawsonville, GA 30534
706-635-7400

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Apple Mountain Playhouse

Historic High Country
121 E. Market St.
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-502-4292

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Apple Orchard Alley

Historic High Country
along GA Hwy. 52 E.
Ellijay, GA 30539
706-635-7400

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Aragon Mill Site

Historic High Country
50 E. 1st St.
Aragon, GA 30104
770-684-8760

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Arrowhead Environmental Education Center

Historic High Country
2592 Floyd Springs Rd.
Armuchee, GA 30105
706-295-6073

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Aska Trails

Historic High Country
152 Orvin Lance Dr.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-632-5680

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Atlanta Skydiving Center

Historic High Country
493 Airport Rd.
Cedartown, GA 30153
770-684-3483

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