Attractions

Attractions

Paddle the rivers and lakes; hike and bike the scenic nature trails; marvel at the artistry of The Rock Garden’s 50 miniature buildings; play a round of golf, roller skate or bowl. Conveniently located off I-75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga, recreation and adventure await!


history


Atlanta Campaign Pavilion

The third in a series of five parks built by the Works Progress Administration to identify sites of the Civil War's Atlanta Campaign, the pavilion features a relief map of troop movements and fighting in and around Resaca May 13–15, 1864. It is located on the northern section of the battlefield. The map explains the events at the Battle of Resaca and the Federal flanking movement at Lay's Ferry, which resulted in Johnston's withdrawal south over the Oostanaula River along the Western and Atlantic Railroad to Calhoun and then Cassville....

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Battle of Resaca Reenactment

The first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign was fought around the tiny village of Resaca on May 14-15, 1864. Over two days, Union and Confederate forces attacked and counter-attacked, with both armies losing approximately 2,800 men. The reenactment is held the third weekend in May (Saturday & Sunday) on the historic Chitwood Farm, a 650-acre section of the original battlefield. Evident within the property are the original Federal and Confederate entrenchments and the 1864 Western & Atlantic Railroad line. Admission: $2-$5. Click here to read more about the Battle Of Resaca....

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New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site

One of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation, where the infamous “Trail of Tears” officially began and home of the first Indian language newspaper office. Visitors can tour 12 original and reconstructed buildings, including the Council House, Court House, Print Shop, Missionary Samuel Worcester's home, and an 1805 store; view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film. Nature trails lead visitors to New Town Creek and a small beaver pond. Open Wednesday – Saturday. Admission: $5.50-$7.00. The grounds and trails are pet-friendly, leash required....

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Resaca Confederate Cemetery

The first Confederate Cemetery to be dedicated in the nation and the final resting place of 451 soldiers who died in the Battle of Resaca. During the war, Col. John F. Green and his family were forced to flee their home in Resaca. They returned to dead Confederate soldiers still lying on the battlefield area. Col. Green's daughters Mary and Pyatt were upset by the sight and decided to collect the bodies and give them proper graves. Their father gave them 2.5 acres of land to use as a cemetery. Mary Green started the cemetery in July 1866 without any money. The cemetery was dedicated at the end of October, and all debts were paid by the end of December 1866. Open daily dawn-dusk. Free admission....

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Resaca Battlefield Historic Site

Walk the six-miles of trail systems where much of the heaviest fighting occurred at the first major battle of the “Atlanta Campaign”. The park includes massive earthen Confederate and Federal infantry and artillery fortifications, interpretive signage, and a covered picnic pavilion. Open Friday – Sunday, dawn to dusk. Free admission. Pet friendly, leash required....

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