Cohutta: Yesterday and Today Like many southern towns during the late 1800's and early 1900's, Cohutta can trace its roots back in large part to the development and expansion of the railroad. The small town of Red Clay, located just to the north of Cohutta, on the Georgia/Tennessee state line was the hub of a thriving and prosperous agricultural community during those early days. As Chattanooga and Dalton began to grow in the 1880's the railroad saw the need for a more direct route between the two cities. The construction of a new rail line just a few miles South of Red Clay, provided that needed direct route to Dalton and Chattanooga. Where the two rail lines met, a small, growing community begin to emerge with homes and businesses. This area, where the two rail lines met was known by several names in those early days such as "Woodyard" and "Shake Rag." Later this community where the two train lines met would become known as "Cohutta."
There were soon numerous merchants, churches and businesses that supported this thriving new agricultural community from in and around the surrounding area. A post office, hotel, blacksmith shop, automobile repair shop, schools, cotton gins and even electricity, street lights and public water. Later, a small airport with a skydiving club and the historic 65 acre Cohutta National Fish Hatchery would also become a part of Cohutta. In 1969, Cohutta would establish its first charter and become known as the "The Town of Cohutta."
Today, Cohutta is a little quieter and not as busy as it once was in those early years. But it's still a thriving and an important part of Northwest Georgia. A place where family, friends and visitors will find a wide variety of recreational opportunities including parks, ballfields, a tennis court, walking tract and a busy community center. Numerous bike riders and runners from all around the area including Tennessee and Georgia can be found taking advantage of the quiet country roads in and around the town. The annual street dance, the Fire House Ride and the 4th of July celebrations attract large numbers of participants each year.
Cohutta is ideally located between the cities of Dalton, Chattanooga and Cleveland and a mere 1.5 hours from Atlanta, Georgia and Knoxville, Tennessee. Remember there, "Ain't No Place Like Cohutta."