To find the trailhead, follow the “Special Event” signs beginning on Manufactures Road to find the Brown’s Ferry Federal Road trailhead on Moccasin Bend Road.
In June 1838, a U.S Army officer named Col. William Lindsay wrote a colleague from Ross’s Landing (present day Chattanooga), “On this day there are 3,000 Indians in my camp … I have little doubt that three days more will bring 3,000 more.”
In a few short months, nearly all of those in the Cherokee nation were forcibly rounded up, processed through camps like Lindsay’s, and removed from their ancestral lands in a chapter of one of the darkest stories in American history.
What awaited the Cherokee in their journey to the west?
As they took their first steps across Moccasin Bend’s Federal Road, did they think of the home being left behind, or the future awaiting them?
Tread in their footsteps and explore a glimpse of the tragedy — and hope — that came from this journey.
As a reminder, comfortable, supportive footwear, appropriate clothing for the weather and water are recommended for this program.
For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.