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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Campfire Tales
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 11 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 11 AM to 12 PM
Roast tasty chestnuts while telling campfire tales and truths. Find out about the American Chestnut Revitalization Program. Restoration efforts are happening nearby at Fort Mountain State Park and at Lake Allatoona.  $5.50-$7 Historic Site Entrance Fee 706-624-1321.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Archery at New Echota
Saturday 1 PM - 4 PM – Feb 13, 2016 until Feb 27, 2016 
Every other Saturday. Archery was a necessary skill for thousands of years; today it remains a powerful tool for coordination and fitness. Come learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Ages 8 and older; minors must be accompanied by an adult.  $5.50-$7.00 706-624-1321.
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
Meet the bees that make life so tasty, and discover the secrets of harvesting honey. Enjoy a Q&A with a beekeeper, 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
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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