Last year at about this time, the National Park Service proudly dedicated the rediscovered old Brown’s Ferry Federal Road on Moccasin Bend. Since then families, individuals and school groups have enjoyed its 1.3 mile walk to the western shore of Moccasin Bend on the Tennessee River and back, treading in the footsteps of Cherokee’s on their 1838 Trail of Tears and Civil War soldiers in a bold move to end the 1864 Siege of Chattanooga.
This year, the work on the trail is continuing, moving the trail ever closer to the original road and transforming the trail from a single track into a path that mirrors the original width of the 1805 wagon road. The objective is provide a visitor experience on the National Park Service trail that better enables the public to envision the history of the thoroughfare while enjoying an easy hike and the view of beautiful Brown’s Ferry and the western mountains.
Stay tuned for progress!