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New Echota Historic Site

Historic Site 706-624-1321

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New Echota is one of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation and was where the tragic “Trail of Tears” officially began. In 1825, the Cherokee national legislature established a capital called New Echota at the headwaters of the Oostanaula River. During its short history, New Echota was the site of the first Indian language newspaper office, a court case which carried to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the earliest experiments in national self government by an Indian tribe, the signing of a treaty which relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi River, and the assembly of Indians for removal west on the infamous Trail of Tears.

Today, visitors can see 12 original and reconstructed buildings, including the Council House, Court House, Print Shop, Missionary Samuel Worcester's home, and an 1805 store, as well as outbuildings such as smoke houses, corn cribs and barns. In the visitor center, guest can purchase souvenirs, books, music, plus view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film. Nature trails leads visitors to New Town Creek and a small beaver pond.

Historic Site Hours:

Wednesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $7.00
- Seniors (62+): $6.50
- Youth (6–17): $5.50
Group rates available with advance notice.


• Visitor Center & Film
• Bus Parking

Things To Do & See:

• Self-Guided Tour
• Nature Trails
• Coosawattee River Fishing & Boat Ramp

Nearby Attractions:

• Booth Western Art Museum
Chief Vann House Historic Site
• Chieftains Trail
• Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site
Fort Mountain State Park (camping/cottages)
Gordon County, Georgia
Rome, Georgia
• Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum

New Echota State Historic Site Business Plan

Friends of New Echota

Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns

Note: New Echota Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
New Echota Bird Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Explore the ridge and valley area of North Georgia at New Echota as we see what resident birds can be found. Open fields, flood plain, pond and mixed pine-hardwood forest provide a variety of habitat for good birding. Fee includes tour of site museum, 17-minute film and tour of historic grounds and buildings.  $5.50-$7 (5 and under free) 706-624-1321.
New Town Creek Trail Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Check out New Town Creek, Tarvin's Pond and historic New Echota-Cherokee Capital. Wear walking shoes, dress for the weather, bring your binoculars and come along as we join millions of people around America celebrating National Trails Day. Fee includes tour of historic New Echota and the museum.  $5.50-$7.00 706-624-1321.
Hidden Gem
New Echota Historic Site
1211 Chatsworth Highway NE
Calhoun, GA 30701
Gordon County

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.540433 | W -084.910033

Located in Calhoun one mile east of I-75 exit #317 on Highway 225.

New Echota Historic Site
1211 Chatsworth Highway NE
Calhoun, GA 30701 View Details

New Echota Historic Site

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