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New Cherokee Bluffs Park offers trails, pavilion, amphitheater
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Bluffs overlook multi-use trails at Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Residents can enjoy walking through woods studded with rock outcroppings and visiting with friends fireside at the new Cherokee Bluffs Park that opened Nov. 20.

The 168-acre park at 5867 Blackjack Road in Flowery Branch will eventually include 5 miles of trails; some already have been built, including wooden bridges over the creek and boardwalks.

Visitors can get up close to the rock bluff formations, including one overhanging rock that 1800s settlers and Cherokees once used as shelter.

A pavilion includes a fireplace, a small history museum is nestled in the 2,500-square-foot community building and a 300-400 seat amphitheater could host events like concerts, plays and even weddings.

“There’s so much to explore here,” Hall parks director Mike Little said. “And there’s so much variety … with rolling pastures, pine thickets and deer in here like crazy.”

The museum focuses on the area’s early pioneers, said area resident Teresa Owens, one of the chief organizers of that attraction.

“We really want folks who live here now to know about that history, and hopefully they will respect it and protect it in the future,” she said.

There are plans to rebuild the historic log cabin home of Col. James Roberts at the park as well. The home belonging to the Revolutionary War veteran has been dismantled and is currently in storage at the Hall County Historical Society.

There are also plans to add a 16-hole disc golf course.