Birchwood is home to the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park, which honors the history of the Cherokee people in Southeast Tennessee as well as their tragic removal during the Trail of Tears in 1838.

Situated at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Tennessee Rivers, Birchwood is rich in wildlife viewing opportunities, particularly during winter months when Sandhill Cranes migrate through to overwinter at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Each January, TWRA hosts the Sandhill Crane Festival in Birchwood to celebrate the cranes and Cherokee history in the region.