• Trail of Tears artwork and trail walk

    Trail Of Tears

    National Historic Trail AL,AR,GA,IL,KY,MO,NC,OK,TN

Park Planning

A range of management and implementation plans are used to administer the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. These documents provide overall guidance for National Park Service administrators and their partners in the trail protection, development, and interpretation.

Management and Implementation Plans

The National Park Service developed an interpretive plan for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in cooperation with the Trail of Tears Association and other trail partners during 2003-04. This document provides guidance regarding trail-wide interpretive themes, goals and actions.

Trail of Tears NHT Interpretive Plan June 2004

A Comprehensive Management and Use Plan for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail was completed in September 1992. This document describes a framework for the National Park Service and trail partners (federal and state agencies, organizations, private landowers, etc.) to cooperatively manage and protect resouces and to provide for appropriate visitor use and interpretation. An accompanying Map Supplement, also completed in September 1992, contains a set of trail maps.

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Comprehensive Management and Use Plan September 1992 (38.1 MB pdf)

Map Supplement September 1992 (14.3 MB pdf)

Did You Know?

Elkhorn Tavern at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

After their removal to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in the late 1830s, Cherokee people established tribal government headquarters in Tahlequah, developed a constitution, and maintained a bilingual school system. Their experiencess are commemorated on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.