Trace Of Historic Road Found At Chickamauga And Chattanooga National Military Park

A long lost section of road used during the removal of Cherokee and Creek Indians from Tennessee to the Oklahoma Territory nearly 200 years ago has been found at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

Park officials, in conjunction with Friends of Moccasin Bend Inc., invite the public to the grand opening of the Brown's Ferry Federal Road this coming Saturday at 10 a.m. This rediscovered six-tenths of a mile road trace was the route to the Brown's Ferry river crossing on Moccasin Bend during the forced removal of Cherokee and Creek Indians to Indian Territory. The road trace has been cleared of vegetation and interpretive signs have been placed along the route. The grand opening is in commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears.

Buses will be available to transport participants to the grand opening site beginning at 9:15 a.m. from the parking area at the Friends of Moccasin Bend offices at 175 Hamm Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Following the grand opening there will be a guided interpretive walk at 11 a.m. along the trace to the Tennessee River. This 90-minute ranger guided walk will discuss the importance of the Brown's Ferry Federal Road property related to Indian Removal of 1838.

The walk will be repeated at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on October 26th and on October 27th at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Parking for these guided walks will be available at the parking area at the Friends of Moccasin Bend offices at 175 Hamm Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee, with bus transportation to the site.