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Cherokee Days Native American Dancer

Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation
8 a.m. to sunset Mar. 1st - Nov. 30th
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1st - Feb. 28

From Chattanooga, on I-75, take exit 3-A (E. Brainerd Rd.), travel 8 miles East on Brainerd Rd., turn right on London Lane for 2.3 miles.  Continue traveling straight on to Keith Road for .5 mile, turn left on Mt. Vernon Rd., travel for 4 miles.  Turn left on Old Apison Rd., travel for 7 miles.  Turn left on Red Clay Park Road and travel 1.5 miles to the park.
Detailed directions
To the park | From the park

Park Activities

Picnic Facilities

Points of Interest

  Town of Huntingdon
  Nancy Ward gravesite
  Chattanooga ChooChoo
  Tennessee Aquarium
  Rock City
  Ruby Falls
  Hiwassee River

Red Clay State Historic Park is located in the extreme southwest corner of Bradley County in Tennessee, just above the Tennessee-Georgia state line.

The park encompasses 263-acres of narrow valleys formerly used as cotton and pasture land.  There are also forested ridges that average 200 feet or more above the valley floor. The site contains a natural landmark, the Blue Hole Spring, which arises from beneath a limestone ledge to form a deep pool that flows into Mill Creek, a tributary of the Conasauga and Coosa River system.  The spring was used by the Cherokee for their water supply during council meetings.

Special Events

Cherokee Days of Recognition - August 2-3
Seasonal Summer Schedule of Events

Picnic Facilities

Red Clay has a 100-person capacity picnic pavilion and 18 individual picnic tables. The picnic shelter may be reserved up to one year in advance and is equipped with a grill, a water fountain and restrooms.

Individual picnic tables each have a grill and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other Activities

Behind the amphitheatre near the picnic area is an entrance to a 1.7 mile loop trail which goes to the Overlook Tower. The trail is a moderate grade and is well marked. A short nature trail begins at the spring and ends at the farmstead.

Tour Buses

Tour buses are welcome.