Tanasi Trail - Chattanooga Rapids to Railroads

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Up for an Adventure? You are about to embark on a journey into the wild side of Tennessee. You’ll explore this amazing region through its rails, trails and roads, including early Native American footpaths, the passages of the early West-bound settlers, the railroads that changed life and commerce forever, and today’s protected scenic byways and gorgeous overlooks.

Out here on the Tanasi Trail, you’ll find some of the most picturesque panoramas America has to offer, with the Blue Ridge Mountains bordering the route on the east and the Tennessee River and its array of lakes to your west. The drive also includes five of the state’s most scenic rivers: Ocoee, Hiwassee, Tellico, Tennessee and Little Tennessee.

Every stop along the way helps to shape the story of the land and the people who have called it home for centuries, including the early European settlers, Civil War soldiers, and copper miners. You’ll also explore the legacy of the area’s early inhabitants, including the Yuchi Indians and the Overhill Cherokee, forced to leave this beautiful place over 170 years ago on the Trail of Tears. Their legacy remains in the names of streams and towns; visit exhibits and memorial sites along this trail that commemorate the history and culture of the Cherokee people.

Let the landscape, sites and towns tell you the stories of Southeast Tennessee on Tanasi: Rapids to Railroads Trail.