Historic High Country / Dalton

Old Federal Road Driving Tour

305 S. Depot St.
Dalton, GA 30720

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In 1805, the United States and Cherokee Nation agreed in the Treaty of Tellica to establish the Federal Road throughout Cherokee territory. Georgia's Old Federal Road was a primary route of transportation in North Georgia from 1805 to the 1860s. This road played an important part in state history, covering four historic periods:

Early 1800s: U.S.-Cherokee Nation relations 

1829: Georgia's Gold Rush near Dahlonega

1838: "Trail of Tears" involving the Cherokees' forced relocation

1863-64: Civil War Battles of Chickamauga and Atlanta

The driving tour explores this heritage and takes drivers as close to the original route as possible.

The tour is available at the visitor centers in Dalton, Tunnel Hill, Ellijay, Trenton, Gainesville and Blue Ridge to purchase as a CD set.  Contact the Dalton or Tunnel Hill Visitor Centers for more information and access to the driving tour CDs.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: All Day
    Monday: All Day
    Tuesday: All Day
    Wednesday: All Day
    Thursday: All Day
    Friday: All Day
    Saturday: All Day

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Free Admission