• 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 Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

In 1838 U.S. Army troops under General Winfield Scott's command rounded up Cherokee people and moved them to forts in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, prior to their removal west. Thirty-one forts were built for this purpose on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.