Prior to white settlement in northwestern Georgia, the Cherokee Nation was the strongest cultural presence in the area. The Cherokee's presence was particularly strong in the Calhoun area thanks to New Echota, which served as the Nation's capitol between 1825 and 1838, when the Cherokee were forced by the U.S. government to evacuate their lands and depart on the horrific trek known as the Trail of Tears. New Echota is now open to visitors as a historic site. Though the forced evacuation of the Cherokees is not the proudest moment in American history, its memory remains essential to understanding the state's history.
Having Fun at Calhoun
Getting some exercise and enjoying the generally mild climate in Calhoun is easy thanks to the city's many parks and recreational facilities. The city currently has more than 120 acres of total public recreation space for locals to enjoy, with plans to add more park space in the future. Two of the major facilities in the city's public recreation arsenal are the River Street Recreation Facility, which offers a space for residents to take classes and participate in team sports, and the Clarence E. Harris River Park, which affords the opportunity for some outdoor enjoyment along the banks of the Oostanaula River.