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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's 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.
View by date
Cherokee Hidden Gems-the other half of Echota
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 9 AM to 11 PM
Explore the lesser known 'natural side' of this historic site with the Park Ranger as we walk the Pond Overlook and New Town Creek Nature Trails. Geocache activities and wildlife, including birds and wildflowers of the Ridge and Valley Province of Georgia will be the highlight. Trails open year round with regular admission fees required.  $5.50-$7; under 5 free 706-624-1321.
Hidden Gem
Help make New Echota's Flowers Grow
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Saving the planet is a walk in the park. We're asking you to volunteer one hour of your time to help us strengthen pollinator habitats by spreading wildflower seeds at New Echota. Bring water, walking shoes, hats, and bug spray. We're starting at the Visitor's Center.  $5.50-$7.00 706-624-1321.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Imagination Playground
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 12 PM to 4 PM
We’re setting up the Imagination Playground, a collection of giant blue building blocks for kids to build and create with. Bring your kids ages 4-12 to share in this interactive, transformable environment while you relax and enjoy the view at New Echota. This program is weather permitting. Email questions to  $5.50-$7 706-624-1321.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Perplexed by Pollinators?
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
We’re here to help. Bring the kids to the Visitor's Center for an interactive lesson to discover what a pollinator is and how they help improve your ecosystem. If you have questions please email  $5.50-$7 706-624-1321.
Handicapped Accessible
How to make the Honey
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Discover the secrets of harvesting honey. Enjoy a Q&A with a beekeeper from Gilmer County Beekeepers Association, view an enclosed hive, and participate in a bee-utiful kid’s craft. Meet us at the Visitor's Center at 2pm to get started. Program is free with admission. Questions? Email  $5.50-$7 706-624-1321.
Handicapped Accessible
Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
Bats are a necessary and cool part of our ecosystem; build your own bat habitats to strengthen their population. Call to pre-register. We're meeting at the Visitor's Center. Questions? Email  $5.50-$7.00 $10 per Bat Habitat 706-624-1321.
Handicapped Accessible
Earth's Heritage of Seeds
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 4 PM to 5 PM
Dig in at New Echota and learn how heritage seed banks are giving back worldwide. We're starting at the Visitor's Center. Email questions to  $5.50-$7.00 706-624-1321.
Handicapped Accessible
Echota Alive-Kids to Parks Day 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Step back to the 1820's and tour Echota and learn about Cherokee and Georgian's lifestyle including how apples were pressed to make cider, try your hand at making a sheet of paper, help the Ranger print on the 19th century press, learn to use a compass on our compass course and check out our nature trails to Tarvin's Pond and New Town Creek.  $5.50-$7 (5 and under free) 706-624-1321.
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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