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Walk, Paddle and Play Through Calhoun’s History

Calhoun, Georgia in Gordon County is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Paddle the waters. Hike and bike the scenic nature trails.

Calhoun, Georgia in Gordon County is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Paddle the waters. Hike and bike the scenic nature trails. Marvel at The ROCK Garden’s 50 hand-built miniature stone castles and cathedrals. Walk in the footsteps of Cherokee Indians and Civil War soldiers. Enjoy fun on the farm.

Enjoy scenic views as you paddle Gordon County’s rivers – the Oostanaula, Coosawattee and Conasauga. Gordon County boasts 47 miles of rivers and provides perfect opportunities for flat-water paddling.

Calhoun and Gordon County have scenic trails for leisurely hikes and bike rides or intermediate trails to challenge yourself. Good beginner trails can be found at the Calhoun Recreation Center and Salacoa Creek Park. The Sonoraville Recreation Center offers a good beginner to intermediate trail. The Water Tank Trails are more intermediate.

The 1.5-mile nature trail at Salacoa Creek Park is just one of the park’s amenities. This 364-acre recreational area consists of 32 RV sites with 30 amp electric hook-ups, water, fire ring, picnic table, deck and dump station; 25 primitive camping sites with restrooms and shower facilities; a 126-acre lake with swimming and beach area, 2 playgrounds, a picnic pavilion (with electricity and water) that accommodates up to 100 people, a boat launch area (electric motors only), and john boat rentals.

Or check out the parks at Sonoraville. The Sonoraville Recreation Complex is a 79-acre park featuring 6 lighted tennis courts, 4 lighted baseball fields, 2 soccer fields, a lighted football field, a skate-park, 2 playgrounds, picnic pavilions and a community center with a 2 basketball court gymnasium, fitness center, 3 community rooms, concessions stand and locker rooms. Nearby, the Harold “Ooky” Faith Memorial Park is a 10-acre park on Belwood Road that consists of a 1.5-mile lighted asphalt walking loop trail around a pond, two gazebos, and a fenced playground.

And when you’re in downtown Calhoun, City Park is a perfect place to relax. Grab lunch from a local restaurant and enjoy a picnic beside the fountain.

Combine a walk with a love for Civil War history with a visit to the Resaca Battlefield Historic Site. Walk the 6 miles of trails where much of the heaviest fighting occurred at the first major battle of the “Atlanta Campaign.” The park includes massive earthen Confederate and Federal infantry and artillery fortifications, interpretive signage, and a covered picnic pavilion. Just minutes away, the Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site features two well-preserved fortified areas used by both Confederate and Union forces during and after the Civil War. Visitors can walk the 1-mile trail to view the original parade grounds and entrenchments which are the last known constructed by the Georgia Militia. Confederates placed a light artillery battery on a hill overlooking the Oostanaula River that was used extensively during the Battle of Resaca.

Go further back in history with a visit to the New Echota State Historic Site. New Echota is one of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation, where the infamous “Trail of Tears” officially began and home of the first Indian language newspaper office. Visitors can tour 12 original and reconstructed buildings, including the Council House, Court House, Print Shop, Missionary Samuel Worcester’s home, and an 1805 store; view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film. Nature trails lead visitors to New Town Creek and a small beaver pond.

Sprinkle your visit to Calhoun with a little whimsy at The ROCK Garden. Behind the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church, this volunteer built, folk art treasure is a must-see! In addition to the acre of flowers and greenery, there are more than 50 diminutive buildings all crafted from tiny stones, pebbles, shells and odd pieces. The miniature castles and cathedrals provide a perfect photo opportunity.

You’ll find Calhoun off I-75 midway between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

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