Canton is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of the Cherokee Nation. Over the years, Canton evolved from unsettled territory to a prosperous mill town known the world over for its "Canton Denim." Canton, the county seat of Cherokee County was incorporated in 1833. Town founders, hopeful that they could initiate silk production there, named Canton to honor the famed Chinese silk production capital. Nothing more than the name, however, survived that venture. Denim production instead earned Canton a spot in the fabrics industry. Conveniently between Atlanta and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Canton offers scenic views of foothills and the Etowah River, flowing through the city.
Learn more about Canton and its History at the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center. This museum includes an overview of Cherokee County history with artifacts, photographs, and interactive iPad presentations. There are also short videos about four Cherokee County residents ranging from 1838-1942, including a 10-year-old Native American. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
You can’t miss the breathtaking sights of the Etowah River Park. The park features walking trails, passive recreation, and a boat launch on the Etowah River. The launch provides a suitable take out for a 13-mile trip from East Cherokee Drive upstream and a short 2-mile trip to Boling Park downstream. The 163-mile long Etowah River Water Trail provides a course through one of the nation’s most biologically diverse rivers.
Continue your journey to the Hickory Log Creek Reservoir which covers approximately 411 acres at full pool with about 15 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by a 150-ft buffer. Indeed, a sight to behold and also a great place to go fishing. In 2012 the Department of Natural Resources stocked Reservoir with Bream, Crappie, Catfish, and Bass. In 2015 and 2016 the Reservoir was stocked with Shad.
In addition to its scenic views, Canton is also home to the Georgia National Cemetery. The Georgia National Cemetery is the 123rd National Cemetery overseen by the Veterans Administration. The cemetery was dedicated on June 4, 2006, and permits burial of eligible members of the armed forces. Computer-driven kiosks direct visitors to each of the 33,000 grave sites, 3,000 cremation burial sites and 3,000 cremation urn sites.
May through October you can enjoy Downtown Canton First Fridays with fun for the whole family including car shows, live music, food and beverages to delight and excellent local shopping.
Canton is a stunningly beautiful city rich in breathtaking scenery, historical significance, and community events. We hope that you will find the above information helpful when planning your next trip or if you are considering making a move to Canton. These are only some of the beautiful attractions Canton has to offer. Thank you for your interest in Canton.