Georgia National Cemetery opened for burials on April 24, 2006 as the second national cemetery in Georgia and the 123rd in the national cemetery system. The cemetery covers 775 acres and is expected to serve veterans for the next fifty years. It is located in western Cherokee County, midway between Cartersville and Canton, near the Etowah River offering views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Allatoona. The property on which the cemetery rests was donated by Scott Hudgens, the late Atlanta World War II veteran, land developer and philanthropist.