Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
New Echota Historic Site
Historic Site 706-624-1321

NOTICE: New Echota Historic Site is open Thursday-Saturday only.

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.

   New Echota State Historic Site Business Plan

Hours: Thursday–Saturday / 9AM-5PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Historic Site Admission:
- $7.00 Adults
- $6.50 Seniors (62+)
- $5.50 Youth (6-17)
Group rates available with advance notice.

Become a Friend of New Echota Historic Site today!

    • Self-Guided Tour
    • Visitor Center and Film
    • Cherokee Research Library
    • Nature Trails
    • Coosawattee River Fishing and Boat Ramp
    • Cherokee History / Genealogy Research Library
    • Bus Parking


Note: New Echota Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
Landscaping New Echota - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Join the Friends of New Echota members, other volunteers and staff as we work to improve New Echota with various landscaping and trails projects throughout the park. We'll began at 9:30 a.m. and work until 12:30 p.m.. A hot dog lunch will be provided by Friends of New Echota and tours of historic New Echota will be available throughout the day. 706-624-1321.
Guided Tours of Historic New Echota
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Friends of New Echota will bring the historic town site alive as they provide guided tours of the historic grounds and buildings along with demonstrations including operation of the historic printing press in the Cherokee Phoenix Print Shop.  $5.50-$7.00 706-624-1321.
New Echota Historic Site
1211 Chatsworth Hwy 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 Ga. Hwy. 225.

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

New Echota Historic Site

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