Fees & Reservations
There are no user or entry fees for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Nominal fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities.
Entry fees are charged at two of the three National Park Service areas on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. (Arkansas Post National Memorial has no entry fee.)
The National Park Service is participating in the new Interagency Pass Program, which was created by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and authorized by Congress in December 2004. Other participating agencies include the Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.
Information about purchasing the new America the Beautiful Passes (as of January 1, 2007) is available on this website. There are no fees for visiting the national historic trails, but some trail resources and sites are on federal lands managed by other agencies that do collect these fees.
Did You Know?
Not all Cherokee people were removed from their homelands to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) on the Trail of Tears. The Oconaluftee Cherokees had treaty rights, and they, along with fugitives fleeing the army, became the Eastern Band of Cherokees, still residing in North Carolina.