Reinhardt College’s Funk Heritage Center, just 4 miles from Lake Arrowhead, is Georgia’s Official Frontier and Southeastern Indian Interpretive Center, with a museum focused on interpreting the history of the Southeastern Indians and Appalachian settlers in the region. In this modem facility, there are interactive exhibits, a beautiful film, contemporary Indian art, and thousands of historic hand tools. On the grounds is the Appalachian Settlers Village with 19th century farm buildings, as well as picnic and activity areas.

The Booth Western Art Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, lets you explore the West without leaving the South. This 80,000 square foot museum features contemporary Western American art, Civil War art, Presidential portraits and letters, as well as an interactive gallery where you can learn about art and Western America. The Museum Exhibit Gallery hosts three to five temporary exhibits per year. The museum is only a 30-minute drive from Lake Arrowhead.

The Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, in Cartersville, was home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 to 1500 A.D. The archaeological museum interprets life in what is now known as the Etowah Valley Historic District. Beyond the mounds lies the Etowah River where original Indian fish traps can be viewed. It is only a 40 minute drive to see this remarkable site.

•The historic sites of Cagle’s Dairy (the only dairy in Georgia still producing and processing dairy products), the Cherokee County Court House, Crescent Farm, and the A.W. Roberts House (all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places) are great places to visit.

The Cherokee County Arts Center featuring an art gallery where workshops and classes are scheduled, a pottery studio and the Arts Council office.

• Only an hour away you will find Metro Atlanta attractions such as the Cyclorama, a three-dimensional panorama with narration, music and sound effects of the Battle of Atlanta; the Fembank Museum of Natural History; the Georgia Aquarium; the wonderful Fox Theater; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site; Six Flags Over Georgia; Zoo Atlanta; the Jimmy Carter Library; and Underground Atlanta.