Historic High Country / Calhoun

New Echota State Historic Site

1211 Chatsworth Hwy., N.E.
Calhoun, GA 30701

706-624-1321
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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 that 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 that 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 several 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 visitors center, guests can purchase original Native American arts, crafts and music, and view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $7.00

    Group rates available with advance notice. please call 706-624-1321.

    Seniors (62+) $6.50

    Youth (ages 6-17) $5.50

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Cherokee Hidden Gems - the other half of Echota

    Cherokee Hidden Gems - the other half of Echota

    04/30/2016 - 04/30/2016

    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.

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  • Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    Clicks in the Night, a Batty Experience

    04/30/2016 - 04/30/2016

    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 redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov.

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  • Imagination Playground

    Imagination Playground

    04/30/2016 - 04/30/2016

    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 redtop.programmers@dnr.ga.gov.

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  • Echota Alive-Kids to Parks Day 2016

    Echota Alive-Kids to Parks Day 2016

    05/21/2016 - 05/21/2016

    Step back to the 1820's and tour Echota and learn about Cherokee and Georgian's lifestyle including how apples were pressed to make cider. Try your hand at making a sheet of paper, help the Ranger print on the 19th century press, learn to use a compass on our compass course and check out our nature trails to Tarvin's Pond and New Town Creek.

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  • New Echota Bird Hike

    New Echota Bird Hike

    05/28/2016 - 05/28/2016

    Explore the ridge and valley area of North Georgia at New Echota as we see what resident birds can be found. Open fields, flood plain, pond and mixed pine-hardwood forest provide a variety of habitat for good birding. Fee includes tour of site museum, 17-minute film and tour of historic grounds and buildings.

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  • New Town Creek Trail Hike - National Trails Day

    New Town Creek Trail Hike - National Trails Day

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    Check out New Town Creek, Tarvin's Pond and historic New Echota-Cherokee Capital. Wear walking shoes, dress for the weather, bring your binoculars and come along as we join millions of people around America celebrating National Trails Day. Fee includes tour of historic New Echota and the museum.

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