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.


Original Route sign

Tell-Tale Signs

Imagine more than 15,000 Cherokee people being forced to march across nine states to Oklahoma. Follow their path by following these road signs.

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Chieftains Museum

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.

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Official Trail of Tears NHT logo


The National Park Service works with federal, state, county, and local agencies, tribes and private individuals as partners to administer the trail.

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videos and exhibits

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?

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Trail of Tears NHT Map

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.

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Paspport Book

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!

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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.

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