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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.

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,andcanoein this area thatthe 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, andCivil 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 fishingon 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,andfishing, as well as hiking along the lake shores and on the mountainsides.

            Log your miles in the Chattahoochee National Forest’s Rich Mountain Wilderness Area, the official start of the Appalachian Trail; and also including the Benton Mackaye Trail, and the Cohutta Wilderness Area, the Eastern U.S.’ largest natural preserve.

Sail the skies from the Lookout Mountain Flight Park, which offers expansive views and a lifetime rush as you hang glideover 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

Blowing Springs Farm

Historic High Country
271 Chattanooga Valley Rd.
Flintstone, GA 30725
706-820-2531

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Fields Ferry Golf Club

Historic High Country
581 Fields Ferry Dr.
Calhoun, GA 30701
706-625-9001

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Woodring Branch Recreation Area

Historic High Country
5026 Woodring Branch Rd.
Chatsworth, GA 30705
877-444-6777

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Chief Vann House

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

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Carters Lake Marina and Resort

Historic High Country
575 Marina Rd.
Chatsworth, GA 30540
706-276-4891

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Cohutta Wilderness Area

Historic High Country
3941 U.S. Hwy. 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705-6378
706-695-6736

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Fort Mountain State Park

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

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Park Marina Boat Rentals

Historic High Country
651 Marina Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30121
770-974-BOAT

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Rock City Gardens

Historic High Country
1400 Patten Rd.
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
706-820-2531

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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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Salacoa Creek Park

Historic High Country
I-75 Exit 315 Hwy. 156 / 388 Park Dr. NE
Ranger, GA 30734
706-629-3490

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Resaca Battlefield

Historic High Country
183 Resaca Lafayette Rd.
Resaca, GA 30735
706-629-4435

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The ROCK Garden

Historic High Country
1411 Rome Rd.
Calhoun, GA 30701
706-263-1937

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Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site

Historic High Country
4432 Mount Tabor Church Road
Dallas, GA 30028
770-443-7850

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Cummins Power South – Chattanooga

Historic High Country
1509 E. 26th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37407-1020
423-629-1447

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Gibbs Gardens

Historic High Country
1998 Gibbs Dr.
Ball Ground, GA 30107
770-893-1880

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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 River Trails

Historic High Country
408 Broad St.
Rome, GA 30161
(706) 232-2724

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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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