Red Clay is of great historic significance since it is where "The Trail of Tears" or as it is sometimes known "Trail of Death" began. In the 1800's the Cherokee Indians were forced from their homes & land and were made to walk to Oklahoma. A great many did not survive the journey, being too old, weak, or just not up for the long journey. Red Clay State Park is a real bargain since there is no admission fee charged, although they do accept donations. The Park has camping, hiking trails, a small stream, and a Visitor Center to visit. It has Park Rangers who maintain the facility and are very knowledgeable about the Park & the history of the Cherokee Indians as well. Visit their website to find dates & times for events at the site lasting several days. During these festivals there is Indian dancing, authentic food, souvenirs, and all types of items to interest one and all! The small Visitor Center has a film that shows the plight of the Cherokee & how it occurred, as well as exhibits that introduce you to history . They also have actual artifacts from the time period. "The Friends of the Park" occasionally have additional events and we were able to attend one of their raffles, where a beautiful quilt was given away to a man from the local Ham Radio Club in Cleveland. Plan to stay awhile to explore the Park and enjoy its' different activities and available facilities!
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