Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
New Echota Historic Site
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


GPS Coordinates:
N 34.540433 | W -084.910033

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

1211 Chatsworth Hwy NE
Calhoun, GA 30701
Gordon County



2014 Your State Parks Day Trail Project
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: New Echota Historic Site
Help re-route a lower stretch of trail out of the floodplain. We'll be cutting a new section of nature trail for the New Town Creek Nature Trail out to the beaver pond. Pack a lunch and join us. We'll tour the historic buildings and grounds of New Echota after the trail project. 706-624-1321.
Mr. David Gomez

Mr. David Gomez
706-624-1321  Site Mgr. II, New Echota State Historic Site

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