McIntosh Reserve is located in Carroll County near
Whitesburg, Georgia. The park is named after a half Creek, half
Scottish chieftain that was involved with many treaty
negotiations between the Creek, Cherokee, the state of
Georgia, and the US government. Also known as Tustunnuggee
Hutkee ("White Warrior") to the Creek, McIntosh's final treaty, which resulted in the Creek's total
loss of native land, was his last.
William McIntosh was assassinated here, at
his own plantation he called Lockchau Talofau ("Acorn Bluff") , by a
group of Creek that opposed the treaty.
The history of the Native Americans is complex. It's hard to
decide who the good and bad guys are when you study all the
facts. Two things are for sure. it's an interesting story, and a
McIntosh Reserve Park, in the modern
day, is a beautiful and ruggedly natural place. Hikers, campers,
kayakers, horseback riders, and history nuts will all find
something interesting here. The river is beautiful in this
particular location, and the hardwoods and conifers scattered
among the hilly landscape make for some memorable sights.
Native Americans of various nations,
primarily Creek and Cherokee, come together here once a year
(Late September) for a massive Pow Wow. Here's what the website
says about the event:
I hate to give the website such
a low score, but it is so hard to figure much out about the
park, it becomes frustrating. It's a pretty neat little
park, and the website doesn't do it justice. Sorry, MORE
There is camping here, but the
website doesn't define whether RVs are welcome or not. There
are no hookups, but some of the sites down by the river
would be awesome.
Chattahoochee Bend State Park is nearby.
There is a playground and tiny
water parkette (as in small, no slides, some standing water
and spraying fountains) here. There is little on the
website, but looks like a decent little place for toddlers
to cool off.
Miles of hiking!
This park's known for it's horse friendly
atmosphere. There is plenty of room for horse trailers and a
plethora of horse trails.
is on the Chattahoochee River which offers many fishing
opportunities from shore or boat.
This section of Chattahoochee
River offers up some pretty choppy water. Looks like some
fun in the right water craft.
|I have to
give them an A just for having an R/C airfield period!
Managers of most parks alienate themselves from anything
cool like Radio Control. We love R/C cars and trucks. We saw
some playing while we visited.
Wow! This should be a gold panning/rock
hounding Mecca. For some reason, it appears to be against
the rules. Really? Rethink! Someone needs to understand the
benefits of minerals and flowing water! ?????
Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Banning Mills, John Tanner Park, Carroll County Gold Museum
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We've been doing a lot of back country Jeeping recently, and have
logged quite a few miles in the Cohutta Wilderness over the last month.
Most of the rides have been on somewhat familiar dirt roads that we've
explored many times over the years. We recently heard about this single
lane Jeep trail that winds for about 5-6 miles back into the wilderness
and dead ends at a cemetery. The main attraction was the prospect of
water crossings, and this trail has several.
A couple of my childhood friends recently
purchased Jeeps, and were eager to join us for the ride. We had just a
little trouble finding the road, but when we did, we knew we'd
discovered a gem. It's mild enough that most any vehicle could handle
it, but aggressive enough to provide some fun and excitement. I wouldn't
bring the family sedan up here. It's a little scary at times (especially
meeting another vehicle), but we felt safe. This is what Jeeps are built
The creek crossings were easy, and the water was never more than 12-24
inches. The water is crystal clear and very cold (even in August). In
fact, the air temperature was probably 10-15 degrees cooler on this ride
than in Ellijay although there is not a lot of altitude change. There's
an amazing waterfall about 2/3 of the way in that makes the ride that
much better. We also discovered that there is a second cemetery on this
road, but getting up the hill to view it is treacherous. If you have a
decent Jeep and consider yourself a 4X4 expert, then go for it. I really
recommend walking the hill first though, just so you can get a good idea
of the 3' deep ruts and washes beforehand.
I'm not going to publish the name of the road this rail is located on
because it's too perfect to spoil with crowds. If you are interested in
visiting the area, contact me at
and I'll clue you in.
The Richardson Tribe
We'd been concerned about a particularly vacant geographic
area on the PB&J Adventures map, anxiously looking forward to an
excursion to investigate the treasures of Carroll and Coweta, counties
of west-central Georgia. A trip to this part of of God's country was
inevitable, and soon planned.
In addition to McIntosh Reserve, our trip
included a stop at the Gold Museum in Villa Rica, the site of Georgia's
first gold rush, followed by camping at
Chattahoochee Bend State Park, and a long Saturday afternoon on the
beach at John Tanner park (formerly John Tanner State Park).
On the first full day (Saturday) of our
camping trip, we headed for McIntosh park, mid-day. Our first stop was
at the guard shack. The lady (guard) was so sweet. She told us all about
the park, where to go, what to do. She insisted that the kids come in to
use the facilities and have a drink of water. Very nice. We liked her a
We wandered around the park a bit,
visited the river and the over-look, and checked-out the gravesite of
William McIntosh. Visiting this park was of special interest to me. My
mother's brother's wife is the great great great great granddaughter of
William McIntosh. The family's history has a special personal meaning.
While visiting William McIntosh's
gravesite, we also surveyed the old log cabin, similar to Chief
McIntosh's home, located just across the country road. The doorways were
designed for very short people, but there was a surprising amount of
space in the cabin. Its design is almost identical to the cabin located
at Red Top
Mountain State Park near Cartersville, Georgia.
We spent part of the afternoon at the
park. I'm especially interested in Boondocking (camping without hookups) here, but it
must be in cooler weather. This was one hot weekend. We left McIntosh
Reserve for John Tanner Park (formerly a state park) where the kids
played in the water for hours. But that's another story.
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