Red Clay State Historic Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike is a great excuse to visit a significant Cherokee historical site in the shadow of Chattanooga. Traverse hills and hollows near the Tennessee/Georgia state line on the Council of Trees Trail. Come to the Blue Hole, a deep crystalline spring around which Cherokee Indians met. Pick up an interpretive trail, where you will pass by a replica Cherokee farm, sleeping huts, and a council house. The hike nears the park’s visitor center, full of Cherokee interpretive material. A short walk returns you to the trailhead.
Use this hike as an excuse to finally get out here and enjoy this significant spot, for you will appreciate not only the natural beauty of the 630-acre site but also the historical significance of the place. Set aside time to hike and to learn Cherokee history. The hike has a few hills yet is suitable for families or those desiring a less demanding trek. The loop starts at an attractive picnic area complete with a shaded pavilion. Note how the trailhead signboard is scripted in the Cherokee alphabet in addition to English."