A Journey of Injustice
Remember and commemorate the survival of the Cherokee people, forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to live in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. They traveled by foot, horse, wagon, or steamboat in 1838-1839.
Imagine more than 15,000 Cherokee people being forced to march across nine states to Oklahoma. Follow their path by following these road signs.Read More
Travel the Trail
Walk trail segments, and visit museums, parks, cemeteries, cabins, and forts connected to the Trail of Tears journey for five Indian tribes.Read More
The National Park Service works with federal, state, county, and local agencies, tribes and private individuals as partners to administer the trail.Read More
The Trail Comes Alive
Watch stories of hardship, endurance, love, and loss come alive between a Cherokee grandfather and his granddaughter. Will their culture survive?Read More
A Complete Set of Tools for a Complex Story
Ready to follow the trail? Need a map? Your toolkit includes brochures, maps, and links for trip planning.Read More
Your Passport to the Trail
Visit over 25 sites where you can get your book stamped. Sites & location information listed here. Everyone loves the National Park Passport Program!Read More
Your Link to History
This story is one of racial injustice, intolerance, and suffering—but is also a story of survival. Read all about it through ongoing research studies.Read More
Did You Know?
The Cherokee people in the southeastern United States built European-style homes and farmsteads, developed a written language, established a newspaper, and wrote a constitution. But they had no equal protection under the law and could not prevent being removed from their homes on the Trail of Tears.