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.
Walk trail segments, and visit museums, parks, cemeteries, cabins, and forts connected to the Trail of Tears journey for five Indian tribes.
The National Park Service works with federal, state, county, and local agencies, tribes and private individuals as partners to administer the trail.
Watch stories of hardship, endurance, love, and loss come alive between a Cherokee grandfather and his granddaughter. Will their culture survive?
Ready to follow the trail? Need a map? Your toolkit includes brochures, maps, and links for trip planning.
Visit over 25 sites where you can get your book stamped. Sites & location information listed here. Everyone loves the National Park Passport Program!
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.
Last Updated: 04/19/2015