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Northwest Mountains of the Historic High Country



The Northwest Mountains Tourist Guide can help you plan your visit so that your experience is complete and enjoyable. Enjoy the best of earth, wind, and water at altitudes closer to the skies than terra firma at the Northern high country mountains. Feel the natural energies flow through you as you fill your lungs with fresh air straight from heaven. The best way to re-acquaint yourself with nature would be a hiking trip and the best place for this would have to be the Appalachian Trail. You have about 80 miles of trekking at about 3,000 feet elevation to experience a wide variety of emotional highs and physical exhilaration. You have your choice of driving, hiking, biking, or even canoeing to commune with nature and come out a changed person. If you choose to hike, rest assured you'll be taken good care of. There are white markings that clearly guide you to your destination and water holes, as well as shelters mid way. On the way you'll be rewarded by various glorious sights of nature unlimited as you pass through Big Cedar Mountain, Blood Mountain, Cowrock Mountain, Rocky Mountain, and Tray Mountain.

You can avail of a tourist guide to see the entire trail with all the markings, before you embark on this life-changing trip. There is also the much shorter Aska Trails that is just about 17 miles long that you can hike or bike on. If you choose to go the Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway, you get to mix pleasure with a good dose of culture and a dash of history to boot. En route you have the Fort Mountain State Park, Prater's Mill Historic site, and the Cohutta Fishery, as you make your way through the Chattahoochee National Forest. As a northern high country mountain tourist you surely would have come prepared for a rendezvous with nature, and the spectacular byways and hiking trails are meant just for that.

For a top of the world feeling you have to hit the trail that takes you to the High Country Hills of northwest Georgia. This piece of paradise with a gorgeous history has all the right ingredients that go to create a blissful vacation. And the perfect way to appreciate this paradise would be a magical mystical train trip winding along a dreamy landscape. All aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway train and away you go on a 3 ˝ hours trip you wish would never end. It is definitely an extraordinarily beautiful experience that should come right at the top of your list. This is one train you simply can't afford to miss.

The Russell Brasstown Scenic byway is simply awesome from the word go. Located right within the Chattahoochee National Forest, it is a 41 mile loop that just keeps getting better with every turn. It is an unending kaleidoscope of dramatic scenery, much like nature's screensaver unfolding before you every 5 seconds. It might not come as a surprise to be informed that this route was awarded the National Scenic Byway Designation in 2000. All along the byway you have opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking and more. Now your problem might be in trying to decide which part of paradise to pitch your tent. A northern high country mountain guide would be very helpful in making such momentous decisions that can make or mar your trip. Since there is so much to do, be sure to use our “Flag This” feature in the Northwest Mountains Tourist Guide to add items of interest to your “My Travel Ideas” folder, so that you will not have to remember them and can quickly retrieve them.

Be sure to explore the “Cultural” option on the Northwest Mountains Tourist Guide to discover all of the great cultural sites, exhibits and activities. Legend has it that the area may have buried treasure that remains undiscovered to this day. This was gold buried by retreating Indians who were forced out of their homeland in the famous Trail of Tears episode in history. Various stories exist and are emphatically stated to be true by old timers who seem to know more than what they're willing to reveal. Possible sites are the hidden depths of the Chattahoochee river, some caves and old tree trunks. So there's something to keep an eye out for during those long hikes.

New Echota in Calhoun and the Vann Tavern in Chatsworth have terribly emotional histories and they are worth visiting to get the true story. At New Echota you get to see the restored Supreme Court building as well as the shop where the first Cherokee newspaper the Phoenix was printed. This is part of the remnants of a planned community that was built by the Cherokee way back in the 1800s. The Crown Gardens and Archives Museum in Dalton is perfect to get a better understanding of the Cherokee, and Civil War histories. You would also stand to gain plenty of regional information that might either satisfy your curiosity or ignite a passion for these topics.
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