Plan Your Visit
National Historic Trails recognize diverse facets of history such as prominent past routes of exploration, migration, trade, communication and military action. The historic trails generally consist of remnant sites and trail segments, and thus are not necessarily contiguous. Although National Historic Trails are administered by federal agencies, land ownership may be in public or private hands. Of the 19 National Historic Trails, 17 are administered (or co-administered) by the National Park Service.
The links on this page provide information for enjoying these pioneer emigrant trails and suggest opportunities to learn about emigrant stories and experiences.
Did You Know?
William Henry Jackson painted this scene of emigrants crossing the Missouri River from Independence, MO. Each Spring hundreds and thousands of emigrant wagons lined up for days waiting their turn to cross over into what was wilderness in the mid-1800s on their way to a new beginning. More...