From parks, to museums, to various historic sites, Georgia’s Historic High Country has it all. Below is information on the member attractions in the Northwest Region of Georgia, though a visit to any one of these destinations listed will undoubtedly lead to other fun and memorable experiences along the way.
6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe
The 6th Cavalry Museum preserves the rich military history of the “Fighting Sixth” Cavalry, stationed at The Post at Fort Oglethorpe 1919 - 1942.
4 East Church Street, Cartersville
Museum of regional hsitory offers interactive exhibits of cultural, commerical and agricultural history since the 1840s. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission charged.
501 Museum Drive, Cartersville
Features Contemporary Western American art, Civil War art, Presidential letters and photographs, and much more. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. Admission charged.
82 Highway 225 North, Chatsworth
During the 1790s, James Vann became a Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman, establishing the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation. In the 1830s almost the entire Cherokee Nation was forced west on the infamous Trail of Tears. Today the Vann House survives as Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian home.
1140 Liberty Grove Rd. Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
770-664-1533 and 770-833-1283
Chukkar Farm & Polo Club has been teaching polo to the Canton and Atlanta areas for 25 years. They offer riding lessons and programs for children and adults, trails and polo matches on Sundays. Check out the event calendar with singer/songwriter entertainment. Explore Cashin's Sculpture Garden filled with unique artistic works.
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn
Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and exceptional hiking. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. Overnight guests can choose from quirky yurts, cottages near the canyon edge, a modern campground or spacious, walk-in tent sites. Backpackers can enjoy camping in a hemlock grove on the 2-mile Backcountry Loop. Parking fee - $5.00
813 Indian Mounds Road SW, Cartersville
Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., this 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast.
181 Fort Mountain Park Road, Chatsworth
A scenic drive on Highway 52 near the Cohutta Wilderness leads visitors to this mountain getaway. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders will find some of the most beautiful trails in Georgia, winding through hardwood forest and blueberry thickets, crossing streams and circling a pretty lake. Hikers can also explore a stone fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and an ancient rock wall which stand on the highest point of the mountain. $5.00 parking fee
7300 Reinhardt College Parkway, Waleska
Official Georgia interpretive center for Southeastern Indians. Frontier village, dioramas, Native American Art Gallery, 10,000 antique hand tools. Open year round except major holidays. Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun 1-5 p.m. Admission charged.
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime when you join G3 Adventures on a guided tour on or below the Northwest Georgia Mountains. They offer wild cave tours, ropes and rappelling, guided hikes and rental services in the Northwest Georgia mountains.
1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107
Gibbs Gardens, less than an hour from Atlanta, is nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. The Gibbs family developed more than 220 acres of gardens. This 300-acre estate, now open to the public, has a 25-year-old manor house that overlooks the mountains and gardens, waterfalls, reflecting ponds, and thousands of plants and flowers.
2800 Sloppy Floyd Lake Rd Summerville , GA
Surrounded by rural countryside and the Chattahoochee National Forest, this quiet park in northwest Georgia offers outstanding fishing on two stocked lakes. Visitors can hike along three miles of lake loop trails and relax in swings while watching for the many bluebirds that live in the park. The trailhead to the scenic 60-mile Pinhoti Trail is only a 1.6-mile hike away. $5.00 parking fee
755 Highway 293, Emerson, GA 30137
LakePoint, the premier sports vacation destination, is home to several world-class venues, and has been building on its reputation as a must-visit location for travel sports since 2013. Welcoming millions since its inception, LakePoint features scout-worthy competition across multiple scholarship-based sports. The big picture of LakePoint is a stay and play tournament hub, complete with dining, shopping, entertainment and hotels for the ultimate sports and family experience.
I-75 Exit 317, Hwy. 225, Calhoun
Beginning of the infamous "Trail of Tears," Capital of the Cherokee Nation - Visitor Center, exhibits/film, 12 historic/reconstructed buildings, walking tour, one-mile nature trail.
4432 Mt. Tabor Church Rd Dallas , GA 30157
Pickett’s Mill is one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation. Visitors can travel roads used by Federal and Confederate troops, see earthworks constructed by these men, and walk through the same ravine where hundreds died. An authentic 1800s pioneer cabin is furnished and open for tours during certain events.
500 Prater's Mill Road, Varnell
Historic 1855 gristmill on Coahulla Creek, historic buildings, walking trail, fishing, Country Fair in October. Site accessible during daylight hours.
50 Lodge Road, Cartersville
This popular park on Lake Allatoona is ideal for swimming, water skiing and fishing. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent from nearby marinas. Guests often stay overnight in rental cottages, a spacious campground, or the park’s lakeside yurt. While best known for the 12,000-acre lake, Red Top Mountain is also a hiker’s haven. $5.00 parking fee
202 Tennessee Street, Ringgold, GA 30736
Ringgold, Georgia...From the early days when the Cherokee lived here, to a significant Civil War battle, to becoming the place for quick weddings, the city holds a fascinating history awaiting discovery. Schedule your first stop at Doc Steve's Place, one of the city's attractions and home to the local visitor center. From here, venture into downtown for dining and shopping, and explore the area's heritage sites.
1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain
Explore botanical and geological wonders along the Enchanted Trail and legendary See 7 States view. 8:30 a.m. till dusk; closing hours vary by season. Open year round except Christmas day. Admissin charged. Limited handicap accessibility.