Ross's Landing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the site of the original settlement of Chattanooga and is considered to be the embarkation point of the Cherokee removal on the Trail of Tears. Ross's Landing Riverfront Park memorializes the location, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Put Ross's Landing Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chattanooga online day trip planner.
The landing was named for John Ross, later principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. In 1816 Ross settled at the site along the Tennessee River above Chattanooga Creek. There he established a trading post on the northern border of the Cherokee Nation, across the river from the United States of America. This area became known as "Ross's Warehouse," and "Ross's Ferry" (and alternatively, "Ross's Landing"). It was known to those passing through the area to have the best conditions for a river flatboat crossing. Ross operated a swing ferry across the river that was anchored on McClellan Island.
In 1826 Ross sold his land to a Methodist minister, Nicholas Dalton Scales, in order to move to Georgia to be closer to the political center of the Cherokee Nation.
When the United States government took over all the Cherokee owned lands in 1837, the "Removal" to Indian Territory began—known as the "Trail of Tears"—during which the Cherokee in several southeastern states were driven from their homes. Groups of the natives were staged at various camps, including east of Ross's Landing, for their coming expulsion west. On June 6, 1838, over 1500 Cherokee departed from Ross’s Landing in steamboats and barges. A final group of Cherokee left in the Fall of 1838, forced to walk due to the falling levels of water in the river caused by a drought. The westward march of the Cherokee claimed several hundred lives, including Ross' wife, Quatie.
Ross's Landing Park Reviews
Much history here is recognized by cultural structure and extensive park, walking trails and seating. Adjacent to the aquarium it all blends nicely together. more »
We didn't play in the water and the fountains were not flowing but we enjoyed the shade and watching the families play on the steps and in the wading pool. more »
It is nice to have a Scenic River View for many of Chattanooga's big venues, but I recommend watching from the river. You never know if you will be seated by a drunk, a smoker, someone who constantly uses foul language. I would urge folks to rent a boat and watch events or listen to events from the river. Two families could easily rent a pontoon boat for several hours and enjoy a lovely evening on the river. This is a great location where "all things Chattanooga" come together!!! There is great food within walking distance, biking optionsmuseum's museums, The Aquarium, etc. I enjoy walking through this area. It is a great way to view Chattanooga's bridges and get a flavor for what our City is really like from day to day!
Beautiful views of the Tenn river and shore line. Many events held here throughout the year. We visited the historic LST war ship on our visit. Public bathrooms would have been nice.
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