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Red Clay State Historic Park

1140 Red Clay Park Rd SW, Cleveland, TN 37311-8386
+1 423-478-0339
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Beautifully Kept Park

The history of this site is heartbreaking. I visited with a Native who was able to tell me about... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Constance S
Great Park

Red Clay is where the Trail of Tears really began, for it was at the Red Clay Council Grounds that... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cookeville, Tennessee
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“eternal flame” (11 reviews)
“trail of tears” (28 reviews)
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1140 Red Clay Park Rd SW, Cleveland, TN 37311-8386
+1 423-478-0339
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The history of this site is heartbreaking. I visited with a Native who was able to tell me about the area with deep insight. It is just such a sad place that Americans slaughtered these poor people.

Thank Constance S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Red Clay is where the Trail of Tears really began, for it was at the Red Clay Council Grounds that the Cherokee learned that they had lost their mountains, streams and valleys forever. You can enjoy the beautiful park while going back in the past...More

Thank judy177
Reviewed 1 week ago

A walk through the natural surroundings. Beautiful historic area. A place where the Cherokee learned of the loss of their lands and the Trail of Tears began. The Red Clay Council grounds and parks was the last seat of the Cherokee government. Lots of history...More

Thank Janie B
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Went to Red Clay several times in the past year. The area is beautiful and peaceful. The staff very helpful and knowledgeable.

Thank Y8922WLsusank
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

The the park is clean and in beautifully wooded average. Great for biking, walking, picnic, or family pictures.

Thank chuckn831
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This place is beautiful. So much history here. Love it! Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. Great place for photos or just relaxing in nature.

Thank O9839UWjenniferm
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We went to Red Clay State Park over the weekend for the Cherokee Cultural Celebration. There was great food, plenty of tents and shelter to escape the sun. The grounds were well kept and plenty of room for people to sit in chairs in the...More

Thank Lynnae147
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Beautifully done, well organized, and a real treat. This is an annual event by the Cherokee tribes. Storytelling, dance, food, fantastic works of art, and lots of culture! Much to see, do, and absorb. This wasn't my first visit and I'm already planning to go...More

Thank Meredith K
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Beautiful place. Has a walking trail through woods that takes close to two hours. I absolutely love the porch with the rockin chairs.

Thank karenO6167MS
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We love this park. Nice little 1.7 mile trail, really cool historic cabins, gazebo, amphitheater. Lots of interesting Cherokee Indian history. We come about once every few months on a cool, sunny day. We have had picnics here several times. We once saw some Cherokee...More

Thank markwillistoday
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Heather C
17 August 2017|
Response from O9839UWjenniferm | Reviewed this property |
There is really no place to swim. There is a creek. We have waded in the creek and were not bothered.
Amber H
22 April 2017|
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Response from Debbie H | Reviewed this property |
It is free. There is no park fee.
Ruth C
1 January 2017|
Response from GreenUnicorn | Reviewed this property |
No, parking is free.