Westward Migration

Imagine yourself an emigrant headed for Oregon: would promises of lush farmlands and a new beginning lure you to leave home and walk for weeks? More than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the Oregon National Historic Trail in six states-reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers.

Features

Oregon NHT road sign plan

Tell-Tale Signs

The land has a story to tell. Swales and creek crossings, dips and ruts chronicle life on the trail. Follow the stories by following these road signs.

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Four Trails feasibility study map

Learn About New Potential Trail Segments

Congress has directed the NPS to evaluate whether some 64 new trail routes should be added. Learn more about the feasibility study that is underway.

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Oregon National Historic Trail logo

Follow the Trails

See the trail using our Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides that provide directions where visitors will find trail remnants and interpretive media.

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Parting of the Ways in Wyoming

Find Your Name

Visit Oregon-California Trails Association’s website to search for pioneer emigrant names.

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