• Trail of Tears artwork and trail walk

    Trail Of Tears

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


Getting to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail includes a wide variety of sites and organizations. Please view the site-specific directions organized by state and site at Plan Your Visit or Passport Program.


You can reach the national historic trail by flying into a number of airports, including Huntsville, Alabama; Fayetteville/Springdale and Little Rock, Arkansas; Atlanta, Georgia; Springfield/Branson and St. Louis, Missouri; Asheville, North Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis, Tennesee. Trail-related sites can be reached from these cities.


You can reach most trail sites by auto. Some sites are along unpaved roads or along river corridors. Keep a look out for the auto route signs.


Commercial bus service is available to many cities and towns along the trail. Check local guide books and Internet sources.

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.