Chieftains Trail is a 200 mile driving tour through Northwest Georgia
that highlights our extensive Native American history. The estimated
time to complete the entire tour is 2.5 days.
Each of the six stops along the trail is designed to
highlight a specific area of Native American heritage. Woodland Indians
built the enigmatic wall at Fort
Mountain State Park, Moundbuilders the ceremonial and burial mounds
at Etowah Indian Mounds State
Park, Cherokee homes of Major
Ridge and James Vann,
the Cherokee Capital of New Echota.
The Funk Heritage Center
is the newest addition to the trail, combining information on the society
and culture of all the Native American tribes that inhabited Northwest
Additionally, there are a number of side trips, not
part of the trail, but still interesting to visit, especially if you
are a history buff or merely researching your Native American heritage.
These are highlighted in the "Other Activities" section of
the planning section.