• Trail of Tears artwork and trail walk

    Trail Of Tears

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National Trails staff worked with partners to create a Trail of Tears retracement hiking trail, signage, and exhibits in September 2010. Here is one outdoor exhibit example.

Walk in Their Footsteps exhibit
This exhibit presents the reality of the Cherokee’s 800-mile journey.
You will find it when you first step onto the historic road that follows the Trail of Tears.

In Pope County, Illinois, officials and members of the public celebrated a sign unveiling event that will help the public to visit original route segments of the Trail of Tears.

Pope County Illinois original route sign unveiled

Did You Know?

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

Thousands of Cherokee people lost their lives during their forced removal from their homelands in the Southeast to the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in the late 1830s. Road conditions, illness, and miserable weather conditions all took their toll on the Trail of Tears, now a National Historic Trail.