Offered by Highlands Cashiers Land Trust
For at least a thousand years, the Cherokee have been masters of the mountains, using trails that often went straight uphill to move between sacred sites, commercial centers and other places in their vast homeland. Two years ago, with the first of two Cherokee Preservation Foundation grants and guidance from the Tribal Heritage Preservation Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Wild South and its partners started out toward a goal to re-find, restore and reemphasize the trail and road system of the Cherokee Nation in Western North Carolina and surrounding territory.
The Cherokee Trails Project covers approximately 150 linear miles and 47,000 acres in the Pisgah, Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests containing Cherokee historical sites. Wild South Cultural Preservation Director, Lamar Marshall, says that what has unfolded is “clear evidence that the main arteries of our 20th century road system in the Southeast were built directly on Cherokee trails and corridors – the Cherokee developed the circuitry for modern transportation.”
On Saturday, Aug. 27, join Lamar and Highlands- Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT) for a guided Eco Tour on a “Cherokee Trails Walk.” Reserve a spot by calling (828)526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink. net. The Eco Tour is $5 for HCLT members and $35 for new friends, which includes a Land Trust membership. HCLT has been saving special places in the area since 1909.
To learn more, visit www.hicashlt.org.