Ancient trails serve as basis of today’s transportation system

Want to understand and know about the Cherokee trails that shaped this region?

On Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Village Green will bring Lamar Marshall to the Cashiers Library for a free community event, “Cherokee Trails of Macon and Jackson Counties,” at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23.

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 their goal to re-find, restore and re-emphasize 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. Marshall, Wild South’s cultural preservation director, said that there 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.”

Additionally, on Saturday, Aug. 27, Marshall will lead an Eco Tour on a “Cherokee Trails Walk.” Reserve a spot by calling 828.526.1111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This Eco Tour is $5 for HCLT members and $35 for new friends, which includes a Land Trust membership.

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