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

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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: Wednesday - 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
    • Nature Trails
    • Coosawattee River Fishing and Boat Ramp
    • Bus Parking


Note: New Echota Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Third Saturdays Friends Day
Daily until Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Join staff, Friends of New Echota and volunteers on the third saturdays of themonth (march-october) as the historic buildings and grounds come alive with tours and demonstrations. Enjoy the Pond Overlook Tons of Fun Trail and the New Town Creek Nature Trail.  $5.50-$7 706-624-1321.
Trail Volunteers Needed
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 to Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 9:30 AM
We'll be working on the Pond Overlook Trail (1/3 m) and the New Town Creek Nature Trail (1 m) including cleaning signs, staining tables and repairing footbridges to get these trails in great shape for the visitors at New Echota. Pack a lunch and join us during one of the prettiest months at New Echota. 706-624-1321.
New Echota Cemetery Clean-up
Saturday, May 9, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Learn about the significant history of New Echota and those buried in the town cemetery as we clean up this small cemetery and pathway. Wear your work gloves and pack a lunch for a picnic afterwards. 706-624-1321.
National Trails Day Volunteer Day
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
As a certified site along on theTrail of Tears National Historic Trail, we'll be working on sprucing up the landscaping at New Echota and cleaning up New Town Creek Nature Trail. Come learn about this significant part of Cherokee, Georgia and United States history as we work to improve part of this important National Historic Trail. 706-624-1321.
Green Corn Clean-Up Day
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
The farmstead garden will need some mid-season work. Join us as we learn about the 3 sisters of the Cherokee garden while we get it into shape and afterwards help clean up the historic buildings inside. $5 parking. 706-624-1231.
Your State Parks Day 2015
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Volunteers around the country will be helping to improve their favorite historic site and parks on this special day. Join us as we spruce up the old Cherokee Capital town of New Echota. Bring the entire family out or call to register your Scout or other groups. Afternoon tours of the historic buildings and grounds will be provided. Free site admission for volunteers. Regular admission fee for visitors. 706-624-1321.
Winter's Coming Volunteer Day
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 12:30 PM to 3 PM
We'll be pruning the fruit trees and adding fertilizer, tearing down some beaver dams and cleaning out the Bluebird and Wood Duck nesting boxes in preparation for winter. 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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