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Historic High Country

Windows to the past can be found all across northwest georgia in the Historic High Country region, the Land of Sights and Legends. Enjoy amusement parks and outdoor sports, discover the legacy of Georgia's land and her Civil War heritage, and explore streams, lakes, orchards, and wineries. As a major settlement for Native Americans, a plethora of historical sites are scattered across the rolling hills and rippling waterways of the Historic High Country. Immerse yourself in the history and enjoy the legacies.

Featured Attractions

Cloudland Canyon State Park
Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and beautiful vistas. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. The most spectacular view into the canyon is found near the picnic area parking lot; however, additional views can be found along the rim trail. Hardy visitors who hike to the bottom of the gorge find two waterfalls cascading over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below. Cottages are located near the canyon edge, while the parks walk-in campsites provide exceptional privacy for tents. Outdoor lovers should not miss this parks spectacular scenery. Visit the website.

Booth Western Art Museum
Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia. Guests are invited to See America's Story through contemporary Western artwork, Presidential portraits and letters, Civil War art, more than 200 Native American artifacts, and so much more. Open since August 2003, Booth Museum is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia, and houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. Sagebrush Ranch is an interactive gallery where children of all ages can learn about art and Western America. The Museum's Special and Temporary Exhibit Galleries host three to five temporary exhibits per year.

Gordon-Lee Mansion
Antebellum plantation house, set on seven acres, furnished in the atmosphere of early Southern aristocracy. The only structure left standing that was used by both armies during the Battle of Chickamauga. This house served as Union Headquarters prior to, seven division hospitals during and a Confederate hospital after the battle. Open Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $3. Groups anytime by appointment. Lunch and dinner available for groups.


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