Up for an Adventure? Explore this amazing region through its rails, trails and roads, including early Native American footpaths, the passages of the early westbound settlers, the railroads that changed life and commerce forever, and today’s protected scenic byways and gorgeous overlooks.
Museum Center at 5ive Points
Experience Southern Appalachian regional history from the Native Cherokee until today, interpreted in the permanent exhibit, "River of Time." Changing exhibits highlight topics including Cherokee pottery, Civil War history, quilts, local arts and artists and the early industrial era. Find something special in the gift store, featuring high-end arts and crafts from Southern Appalachian artists.
Hunter Museum of American Art
The museum is home to an exceptional collection of American art housed in three buildings, one built in each of the last three centuries. It also features one of Chattanooga's most stunning masterpieces: gorgeous views of the Tennessee River.
Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center
Pick up a free map of the byway here before you climb the breathtaking drive to over 5,000 feet. Also get info on Tellico Plains eateries, lodging, and galleries just a block away. Open daily, 9a.m.-5p.m. January and February open on Saturday and Sunday only; 9 am to 5 pm.
Bald River Falls
A serene drive on Tellico River Road (FS- 210) will take you through the Cherokee National Forest along the Tellico River to this breathtaking fall. The 100-foot cascade is visible from the road; you don't even have to get out of your car to experience this must-see work of nature.
Monroe County Courthouse
This late Victorian-styled courthouse is one of the oldest on the Tanasi Trail, dating back to 1897; the town of Madisonville dates back to the 1820s. Stroll the square to find quaint little shops and eateries, like Donna's Old Town Café.
Sweetwater Valley Farm
Right between Loudon and Philadelphia, this spot is one of only a few still using the traditional farmstead manner to make cheese. Stop, sample an award-winning cheddar; take an excursion to experience a working dairy farm; or visit The Udder Story, a display that teaches about the past, present and future of dairying. Closed Sun.
Once the site of the Overhill Cherokee town of Great Tellico, this quiet and eclectic community sits in a gorgeous valley where the Tellico River makes its way from the Unaka Mountains to its confluence with the Little Tennessee River. This is also the beginning of the Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway, a highly recommended drive.
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
This reconstruction offers a glimpse into 18th-century life in a British fort in the Cherokee Nation. The original fort was used from 1756-1760 by the Independent Company of South Carolina. The compelling history of the fort and surrounding area is told through living history programs throughout the year; the 18th Century Trade Faire is just one of these spectacular events. The park surrounding the fort offers a beach for swimming, walking trails and a covered picnic pavilion. Visitor center open daily, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; fort open daylight-dark.
The Lost Sea
Don't miss your chance to see America's largest underground lake. The caverns are rich with Civil War history and artifacts from the Cherokees. Take a glass bottom boat ride or a guided tour of this registered National Natural Landmark, one of 13 in Tennessee.
Harrison Bay State Park
The 1,200-acre park with 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline gets its name from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River. Water now covers the old town of Harrison and the last Cherokee Campground, which consisted of three villages ruled by one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains, Joe Vann. This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers. You can also enjoy a meal at Dockside Café or play the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Joe Lee.
Booker T. Washington State Park
This 353-acre state park on the shores of Chickamauga Lake is named in honor of Booker T. Washington. Born into slavery, he is best known as the former president of Tuskegee Institute, an African-American institute of higher learning. Before the Civil Rights Movement, the park was reserved only for African-Americans. Check out the 6-mile bike trail loop; enjoy fishing, boating, three pavilions and over 30 picnic sites along with various outdoor recreational activities. Facilities available for group camping.
Chattanooga Choo Choo
You know the song; now experience it for yourself in this historic landmark, opened in 1909 as a train station terminal. Today, this former depot has been restored to its former grandeur, now a unique vacation & entertainment destination with new shops, new restaurants all at the famous hotel that lets you sleep in a historic train car. You have entered the Southside Main St. District.
Come see why this attraction is known as one of the "Best Little Zoos in America,"" with six beautifully constructed habitats and a variety of animals, including a camel and the famous chimpanzees and red pandas.
This natural preserve stretches 120 acres along Chickamauga Creek. A log cabin on the property known as Spring Frog Cabin is said to have been the home of Drowning Bear, a Cherokee full-blood who was removed on the Trail of Tears. Stop in the staffed visitor center to see Native American exhibits, sketches of the Brainerd Mission and visit the gift shop.
The Charles Hall Museum
Don't miss this huge collection of guns, Native American artifacts, local memorabilia, and thousands of historic photographs, all collected by a single man. This unique museum offers a window into the history of Tellico Plains, a town that has sat at the crossroads of history for over 10,000 years. Open Monday - Sunday, 10a.m.-5p.m.; closed Christmas.
Red Clay State Historic Park
From 1832 to 1837, Red Clay served as the last Eastern Council Grounds of the Cherokee Nation. It is here in October 1835 that the proposed removal treaty was unanimously rejected by Chief John Ross and the Cherokees; this is considered by many to be the starting point for the Trail of Tears. Visit the replicated Cherokee farm and council house for a glimpse into Cherokee life 175 years ago, and make a stop in the interpretive center for exhibits and artifacts. Picnic areas available.
This restored 1927 theater is now open for live performances and movies. It hosts the annual Cousin Jake Memorial Bluegrass Festival each March with a day-long lineup of regional and national bands. Walk next door to visit the Etowah Arts Commission Gallery and see exhibits and programs that change throughout the year.
Ocoee Whitewater Center
This spot was the site of 1996 Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Races; today, it's a visitor favorite known for water adventure and the Tanasi Trail's Mountain Biking System. You'll also find a restored section of the Old Copper Road, a restored fire tower, picnic areas, blue holes for wading and snorkeling, and more. This is a great place to watch river activity from the observation deck, enjoy lunch or pick up a cool t-shirt or hat at the gift shop and café. Trails and grounds open year-round during daylight hours; center hours vary, see left margin. Pt. 51 visitor center, café, & gift shop hours: Mid-March-mid-Nov., open daily, 9a.m.-5p.m. Mid-Nov.-mid-March, open Fri., Sat. & Sun., 8:30a.m.- 4:30p.m.
River Front District, Chattanooga
You'll find several ways to explore the river here, including Blue Moon Cruises, a luxury boat that provides a 3.5-hour ride or the River Gorge Explorer, a 1.5-hour tour on a high-speed catamaran. Both provide naturalist guides and views of the "Grand Canyon of the Tennessee", the breathtaking Tennessee River Gorge. Blue Moon Cruises: 888-993-2583 River Gorge Explorer: 423-265-0698
Come on a Friday or Saturday night to this family dance barn for two-step, square and line dancing from 8-11 p.m. Arrive early for a hotdog, cold drink or just to visit. Dances feature live bands and a caller. Call for information after 5 p.m.
Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce & Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway weaves through the northern part of Cleveland, Tenn., from Willow Street to Tinsley Park. The path follows Mouse Creek and includes three pedestrian bridges over the waterway. Future plans include extending the trail to the Village Green Town Center, a business and retail hub, and the Hiwassee River in Charleston. The Downtown Greenway Connector is accessible from all along the trail. It takes in historic sites and connects with the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway at Willow and Keith streets. The route is marked with Greenway logos.
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Named for the "Empress of the Blues" who started out singing on a corner for pocket change as a little girl, this museum and performance hall promotes African and African-American heritage through cultural and artistic education. Make a stop here for unique exhibits and programming, as well as live jazz and blues performance events.
Southern Belle Riverboat
Just to the left of the pier, visitors enjoy sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises on board this popular 500-passenger attraction, known for its October Fall Leaf Cruises and special Christmas Carol Cruises.
Cleveland Downtown Historic Walking Tour
Learn about the Gateway District’s incredible architecture, such as The Arcade and the 5th Street Arcades, East 4th Street, historic dime stores, such as Woolworth’s and Kresge’s, the transformation of the Garfield Building, the story of Rose’s Folly and more.
John Muir Trail
Find the Childers Creek Trailhead and parking area about a mile into this scenic drive. Part of a larger trail named for the famous naturalist who walked this route through the American South, the trail system follows the Hiwassee River and has several access points along Powerhouse Road (FS-108), allowing you to choose short easy walks or longer hikes.
Cherokee Indian Removal Memorial and Museum
Explore outdoor exhibits chronicling the Cherokee experience during the 1838 removal of the Cherokee Indians. The park features a memorial wall and bluff overlook of the former ferry crossing; a short walk takes you to the scenic overlook for a vista of Chickamauga Lake, Hiwassee Island, and the Hiwassee River Wildlife Refuge (point 114). Park open daily. Visitor center open Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m.
Part of the "Trail of Whispering Giants," Cherokee Chieftain is a reminder of the area's heritage. Carved from a single tree by acclaimed sculptor Peter Toth, it stands as a larger-than-life art exhibit on the Museum Center lawn. There are more than 70 Whispering Giant sculptures throughout the world, with one in each of the United States, as well as Canada and Hungary.
Bluff View Art District
Perched on a bluff covering about one and a half blocks, this neighborhood has two artisan restaurants including Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria; a coffee house, bakery and sculpture garden; three unique 1900s B&Bs and an art gallery featuring work by nationally known artists, all with views of the river as a backdrop.
Apple Valley Orchard
What began in the 1960s as a hobby now occupies 40 acres with 30 varieties of apples. Take a tour of the orchard and pick your own, or buy a pre-packed bushel in the gift shop; enjoy a cup of apple cider, a delicious fritter or an unforgettable fried pie, featured in Southern Living. Closed May & June.
The Read House Hotel
Known as the Crutchfield House in the 1840s, this was the site of Chattanooga's first major railroad hotel. Future Confederate President Jefferson Davis gave one of his secession speeches here; later, it served as a hospital during the Civil War. The building burned in 1867 and was rebuilt in 1871 by Dr. and Mrs. John T. Read. The current 1926 structure is a beautiful Georgian-style hotel, featuring white marble floors, sterling silver sconces and Waterford crystal chandeliers.
Tennessee Valley Railroad
Don't miss an opportunity to climb aboard the largest operating historic railroad in the South, with several different train rides created just for visitors. Choose from the 50-minute Missionary Ridge trip or a longer excursion to experience this "moving" museum. Operating for over 50 years, this attraction was recently featured in the motion picture "Water for Elephants," starring Tennessee native Reese Witherspoon.
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
End your Tanasi Trail adventure back in downtown with a relaxing meal. Located in a 1900s trolley barn, visitors and Chattanoogans rave about this locally owned restaurant's great American cuisine, outdoor dining, hand-tossed pizzas and award-winning Iron Horse Stout beer.
222 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Southern Adventist University
Started in 1892 in nearby Graysville, a move in 1916 brought 57 students to the current campus. Today, Southern is a private Seventh-Day Adventist university with over 3,000 students. Its beautiful and thriving campus adds charm and culture to the Collegedale community.
4881 Taylor Cir.
Collegdale, TN 37363
Unicoi Turnpike Trail
Explore this well-marked National Millennium Trail, running from Vonore to Murphy, North Carolina. Within the Cherokee National Forest at Coker Creek, a 2.5-mile section of the original roadbed is marked for hiking. The route was essential to many prehistoric tribes; European fur traders; the French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Civil War; and Trail of Tears. The Unicoi Gap is a landmark along the hiking trail, located at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line. The foot path is a spur off of the Benton-MacKaye Trail, the newest long distance trail in the U.S. Pick up a printed trail guide at the Coker Creek Welcome Center (point 79), Ocoee Whitewater Center (point 51) or Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center (point 71).
727 Tennessee Ave.
Etowah, TN 37331
The city of Cleveland began as a small log cabin known as Taylor's Place in the heart of the Cherokee Nation. The community came into prominence when the railroad arrived in 1851, providing the means for hauling copper from the mines in Polk County and contributing to the economic boom of the Copper Basin. Though the copper mines have long been closed, the river, railroad and road access still make Cleveland an attractive location for many industries.
The Scenic Route/Hwy 68
Drive as much or as little as you'd like of this winding high country road, popular with motorcyclists as well as those who like to explore the mountains by car. Stop off at the Coker Creek Welcome Center & Heritage Gift Shop (point 79), about 25 miles into the drive, for information about gold panning, nearby crafts galleries, hiking trails, waterfalls and the Unicoi Turnpike Trail. If you complete all 33 miles of this route, you'll be in Tellico Plains at point 70.
Coker Creek Welcome Center/Gift Shop
This modern trading post is situated in the Coker Creek Community, where gold was discovered in the early 1800s, when the area was still part of the Cherokee Nation. Visit the studios and craft galleries tucked in corners and hollows. Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, Coker Creek is the gateway to Coker Creek Falls, Unicoi Turnpike Trail, Buck Bald, and miles of forest trails. Stop here for info about the galleries and trails; even pick up gold panning supplies, souvenirs and local crafts. Center open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5p.m.
2197 Hwy 68
Meigs County Courthouse
Visit this 1904 courthouse, listed on the National Historic Register. It's the anchor of the town founded in 1836. The Meigs County-Decatur Chamber of Commerce is located across the street.
17214 Hwy 58N
Webb Bros. General Store
Grab a soda and step back in time at this old market, filling station and river rafting company, located on the historic Vaughn-Webb Farm,* a Land Trust-protected area along Hwy 30. The 1899 Hiwassee Union Church and Masonic Lodge, now a popular spot for weddings, is located next door. Directly across the river you'll find the 1898 Watchman's House, restored as lodging accommodations.
3708 Hwy 30
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
Operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, this stop is your chance to learn the story of Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee writing system. Learn about the fascinating history of the Overhill Cherokees, their family life, customs, beliefs, and the sadness of the Trail of Tears. Visit the Cherokee Memorial, also at this site, a common burial site for Cherokee remains that were recovered during archeological studies of the Little Tennessee River prior to the creation of Tellico Lake. Open Mon.-Sat., 9a.m.-5p.m.; Sun., noon-5p.m.
576 Hwy 360
Erwin Grocery / Jacob L. Grubb Store
Stop by and take a look at this market listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a old-time country store just like they used to be.
6788 Highway 58 South
Bradley County Courthouse
Located on Cleveland's Square, this modern courthouse was built in 1964 at the site of the county's first courthouse, which was made of logs.
155 N. Ocoee St.
This unincorporated rural area of nearby Chattanooga was named for a large birch tree that shaded a local blacksmith and tannery; most importantly it is known for the heritage and history of the Trail of Tears in this region.
NorthShore Historic District
This area of Chattanooga was originally called Hill City by African-Americans making a new life soon after the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in 1863. Today, it's an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind small businesses run by passionate locals, embracing the tagline, "Hip to Historical." Brochure guides to the district are available in most storefronts, guiding you to hand-dipped treats at Clumpie's Ice Cream, gourmet hot dogs at Good Dog, New York deli-style at River Deli or eco-friendly food and merchandise at Whole Foods Market and much more.
109 N. Market St.
This old mill village was originally called Prendergast. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made a whistle stop here in 1932 (like the one pictured) and promised to establish a post office for the community. The post office and small town were named Delano in honor of the president.
Coolidge and Renaissance Parks
These popular urban parks along the north river bank are two of Chattanooga's gems. In Coolidge Park, don't miss the beautifully restored 1895 Denzel Carousel, enjoy the laughter of kids playing in the interactive fountains in the summer, or try the new earthen slide in Renaissance Park--just bring your own cardboard box. Check with Outdoor Chattanooga and rent a kayak, learn to rock climb, or ask about renting a bike.
200 River St.
In 1906 the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N) built a railroad center and the planned community of Etowah for its workers. The complex included shops, a roundhouse, a turntable, a rail yard and a large Victorian train depot (point 63). Today, downtown offers antique shops, outlets, and places to eat, as well as historic sites like the 1915 Carnegie Library building. Park and explore points 63-66 in downtown.
Hiwassee River Wildlife Refuge
In late fall and winter you can hear the harsh calls of sandhill cranes, gathered here on their way from nesting grounds near the Great Lakes to warmer Southern locations. Over 50,000 birds make a pit stop here each year. View thousands of congregating cranes from an observation deck overlooking the Hiwassee River where it joins the Tennessee River. Sandhill Crane Viewing Days begin in mid-January, with programs on the cranes and the area's Cherokee heritage.
525 Priddy Ln.
L&N Depot /Railroad Museum
This restored 16-room, two-story Victorian passenger station and railroad museum offers exhibits that highlight the history of the town and its relationship to the L&N Railroad. From the second story, get a great view of an active rail yard. You'll also find the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure ticket office here, as well as the Etowah Chamber of Commerce. An L&N caboose is located in the adjacent park. Chamber open Mon.-Fri., 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m.
727 S. Tennessee Ave.
A large portion of the Tanasi Trail travels through the area of Tennessee called "the Overhill". This name, coined by the British, was used to distinguish the upper Cherokee land west of the Blue Ridge Mountains (or over the hill) from the middle and lower lands to the east and south. It is also known for the four rivers that flow through: Ocoee, Hiwassee, Tellico, and Little Tennessee.
727 Tennessee Ave. S.
Hiwassee River Rail Adventures
Ride vintage passenger trains along the Hiwassee Scenic River, over the famous Hiwassee Rail Loop and on to the historic copper mining town of Copperhill (point 54). The loop, along with a 19-mile section of the rail line, is listed on the National Historic Register. Trains run on scheduled dates, May-Nov.; purchase tickets at point 63.
727 S. Tennessee Ave.
This little town was established in the 1850s along Sweet Water Creek to take advantage of its location on the East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad. Step back in time when you visit the historic rail car and unique shops and eateries that make up this charming downtown district. The Sweetwater Heritage Museum is located just off Main Street, and highlights transportation heritage as well as history of the Tennessee Military Academy. Museum open Sat. & Sun., 2-4 p.m.
Nancy Ward Grave
Nancy Ward is not only remembered as an important figure to the Cherokee people but is also considered an early pioneer for women in American politics, as she advocated for a woman's voice during a turbulent period in Cherokee history. She was designated a "Beloved Woman," which is the highest honor a Cherokee woman could claim. Visit her grave from daylight until dark at the top of the hill with a landscaped walkway for easy access.
Old Highway 411
Hunter's Bakery & Café
Stop in this charming, old-school café featuring tasty salads, sandwiches and baked treats.
101 E. Morris St.
Southside Main Street District
This newly developed arts district features galleries, studios, upscale restaurants and local breakfast and lunch favorites like the Bluegrass Grill. Find a sweet treat at Niedlov's Bakery or fresh produce at the Main Street Farmers Market every Wednesday afternoon.
Broad St., past Market St., down to Madison St.
Explore this county seat, starting at the Polk County Courthouse, completed in 1937 to replace the 1897 building that was destroyed by fire. The original stone retaining wall remains. The building is an excellent example of "simplified Art Deco" architecture that was popular in the 1930s.
This town was formed from three mill villages: Yellow Top, Onion Hill, and Sock Town. Built on textile manufacturing, Englewood has been home to at least 25 mills, employing women to manufacture items ranging from cotton yarn, union suits, women's hosiery, socks, and fashion apparel from the mid-1800s through the late 20th century.
Originally known as Mouse Creek, this town was renamed in 1897 to avoid confusion with a railroad stop in Jefferson City called Mossy Creek. The town's name was based on the fictional character in a dime novel, a Native American named Nee-o-tah. Niota is famous for being the birthplace and home of Harry T. Burn, who cast the deciding vote in the Tennessee House of Representatives that ratified the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
Sugarloaf Mountain Park
Stretch your legs at this serene park which features a scale model of the Ocoee Olympic Race Channel and a great view of Dam #1.
2002, 2144 TN-40
Mayfield Dairy Visitor Center
"Get the scoop" when you take a tour of this dairy plant to see how milk is bottled and a video of how ice cream is made. While you're here, try a scoop of Mayfield's world-famous ice cream and see for yourself why Time Magazine once called this the best ice cream in America. Open 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; Saturday 9 am to 2 pm; closed Wed. and Sunday; there is a cost for the tour.
806 E. Madison Ave.
Parksville Lake / Lake Ocoee
This 1,890-acre lake, surrounded by Cherokee National Forest, is popular for boating, waterskiing, fishing and swimming.
3171 Hwy 64
Mayfield Farm & Nursery
Growing and selling a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, this family-owned and -operated farm welcomes visitors to its market and a country store during the spring and summer growing season; it's a popular spot in the fall as well with a corn maze, pumpkin patch and lots of family fun. Designated a Tennessee Century Farm,* this fifth generation family farm was placed in conservation easement with the Land Trust for Tennessee, preserving the agricultural heritage and landscape of the area for future generations. Farm and nursery CLOSED for visitation. Mayfield Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch open October 2 through November 2; Saturday 10 am to 10 pm; Sunday 1 pm to 7 pm.
257 Hwy 307
Free Electric Shuttle Northern Terminal Station
The Pie in the Sky Trail kicks off here at 215 Broad Street, in downtown Chattanooga. You will find the Chattanooga Visitors Center located in the free Electric Shuttle Park North Terminal breezeway across from the Tennessee Aquarium. Stop in for information on attractions, restaurants, events or fun tips before you hit the Pie In the Sky Trail. This is a great starting place for exploring downtown's world class attractions, whether you set off on foot, by bike or car, or just catch the free Electric Shuttle. Shuttles run every 5 to 10 minutes daily between the Tennessee Aquarium and the Chattanooga Choo Choo Complex with stops everywhere in between, including the restaurants in Jack's Alley (Between 4th & 5th Streets) and The Shoppes at Warehouse Row. Grab a shuttle brochure, hop on and explore! The Visitors Center is open daily – from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
215 Broad St.
Established as the McMinn County Seat in 1823, Athens has seen many changes, yet much remains the same, especially around the old courthouse square. The downtown area offers art, specialty shops, mom ‘'n' pop restaurants, a farmers market and history tied to national events.
Tennessee Aquarium / IMAX® 3D Theater
Chattanooga's top attraction takes you on a remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea. You'll explore three living forests and get up close to amazing creatures like giant catfish, feisty otters, playful penguins, toothy sharks and free-flying butterflies. The IMAX® 3D Theater runs daily with movies from all over the world and under the sea.
One Broad St.
Imagination Station / Wolftever Creek Greenway
Take a play break at this playground, located behind Collegedale City Hall. The trailhead for the greenway begins nearby and runs for over 2.5 miles; stop at Veterans Memorial Park, honoring armed forces veterans from the 1700s to present day with flags and sculptures.
Collegedale City Hall
4910 Swinyar Dr.
Located in the heart of the Copper Basin, Ducktown is situated near the site where copper was discovered in 1843 by a prospector looking for gold in Potato Creek. The first copper mine opened in 1850; by 1860, over 1,000 men from all over the world were working the mines. Mining ceased in 1987, but the landscape and local architecture reminds us of the town's heritage, including worker houses and many neighborhoods listed on the National Historic Register.
Cherohala Skyway's Unicoi Crest Overlook
This overlook at 4,470 feet is located just across the Tennessee-North Carolina border. It offers breathtaking views; bring a picnic and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
This area was settled by John Walker (ca. 1770-1834), the part-Cherokee grandson of Nancy Ward (see point 39). Walker operated a ferry along the Hiwassee River and helped contract the Cherokee Turnpike Company in 1806, which maintained the road between Knoxville and Georgia. In 1819, Walker helped negotiate the Calhoun Treaty, in which the Cherokee ceded the remaining lands between the Little Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers, including what is now McMinn County. In 1820, Walker laid out the town of Calhoun, which he named for the Calhoun Treaty's chief U.S. negotiator.
The Passage: A Trail of Tears Memorial
The Cherokee people are memorialized in this city park at Ross's Landing Plaza. You'll find seven doors that symbolize the seven clans of the Cherokee Nation, and six-foot disks share their history and culture. Look for the Cherokee alphabet on the plaza grounds and the sandstone carved pictures along the upper sides of the Aquarium's River Journey building.
Ocean Journey Building
This quiet little town on the Hiwassee River played a big role in the Trail of Tears story. According to the U.S. military, the area now known as Charleston was the headquarters for the entire removal operation and the start of the Trail of Tears. Prior to the Indian Removal Act, Charleston was home to the federal agency that protected the Cherokee and served as a gateway between the United States and the Cherokee Nation.
A blue line running through this historic copper mining town marks the state line between Copperhill, Tennessee, and McCaysville, Georgia. Early miners would use the stone steps dotting the hillside to walk home after parking their cars below; the hills and turns were too steep for early cars to maneuver. The town is a regular stop for the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and the Hiwassee River Rail Adventures (point 64). Georgia's Toccoa River enters Tennessee here and changes its name to the Ocoee.
Morris Vineyard & Tennessee Mountain Winery
Experience a taste of this family-owned and operated vineyard and winery's finest selections, surrounded by the natural beauty and charm of the foothills of Tennessee with incredible views of the Appalachian Mountains. This spot also offers pick-your-own fruit, available in season.
346 Union Grove Rd.,