Historic High Country

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Historic High Country Northwest Georgia is rich in history and offers a variety of cultural and outdoor activities. Whether you are in need of a relaxing, peaceful mountain retreat, or searching for an exciting outdoor adventure, northwest Georgia is a great place to visit. This area hosts a number of breathtaking lakes, scenic rolling hills, and elegant gardens. Historic sites, tours, exhibits and museums are found in abundance throughout this region. So let this Historic High Country Tourist Guide help you plan the perfect vacation experience in northwest Georgia.

Historic High Country Travel Association
Phone: 800.733.2280
Events: Calendar of Events for Historic High Country Region
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Local Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Organizations
Calhoun-Gordon County CVB Ringgold

Battle of Chickamauga Re-Enactment

If you love Civil War history, then the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, the first military park in the nation, is a must see. The 5,200 acre park was the scene of the last major Confederate victory and one of the bloodiest battles of the war. You can take a seven-mile auto tour throughout the park and at specified times you can view Civil War re-enactments. Don’t you think children might enjoy that! The Blue and Gray Trail is a driving tour that starts at the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and follows the route General William Tecumseh Sherman took to Atlanta.

Perhaps you like to relax and see the grandeur of nature. Come take a ride along the 26-mile Blue Ridge Scenic Railway that takes about 3 ˝ hours roundtrip. What a great way for parents and grandparents to spend time with children! This 26-mile scenic ride runs from the historic train depot in Blue Ridge winding north along the beautiful Toccoa River to McCaysville.

Etowah Indian Mounds

Northwest Georgia also hosts a number of historic sites for Native American history. Visit the “showplace of the Cherokee Nation” at the Chief Vann House in Chatsworth, the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville, or the New Echota historic site in Calhoun, which once was the Cherokee capitol and is the cradle of the Trail of Tears. Do not forget to take advantage of the “Flag This” option that you will see displayed in the Historic High Country Tourist Guide to add your favorite activities, such as these historic trails, to your “Travel Ideas” list.

For an exciting adventure try the Screaming Eagle, the newest addition to the Tree Flight canopy zip lines tours at Historic Banning Mills. It is a half mile long and guests will fly down the middle of the Snake Creek Gorge with some speeds topping 60 miles per hour. This is one awesome experience!

Relish a stay at the luxurious and elegant Barnsley Gardens near Adairsville. This mountain retreat offers horseback riding, fly fishing, paintball and a relaxing spa. Perhaps you might add a stay at the Cohutta Lodge and Restaurant, which features hiking trails and other amenities in a tranquil and gorgeous environment. Zion Farms, north of Rome, is an equestrian center and lodge that offers riding lessons and trail rides. Believe it or not, there is a real Western-style ranch near Jasper called Seventy-Four Ranch that lets you experience cowboys and campfires. Be sure to explore the “Shopping” option on the Historic High Country Tourist Guide to discover the many great shopping opportunities in the historic towns of this region. You can also enjoy outlet shopping at its finest by visiting the Prime Outlets in Calhoun.

Cloudland Canyon State Park

If you enjoy trail biking, this region offers several terrific trails, including the rugged Pinhoti Trail and the Ridgeway Trail. Further south you will find The Silver Comet Trail, where you can walk, bike or go horseback riding along a 60-mile trail, which was once the CSX railroad path and joins up with the Alabama’s Chief Ladiga Trail. For family fun, you could visit one of the area’s beautiful lakes. Small kids would enjoy over 100 the mini-farm animals at the Tanglewood Farm Miniatures or a visit to Cagle’s Dairy, both of which are near Canton.

Downtown Ringgold

If you’d like to read more about the all of the activities, lodging, restaurants, attractions, etc. in northwest Georgia, please explore the “Historic High Country Tourist Guide”.
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