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    Trail Of Tears

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

Operating Hours & Seasons

Operating Hours & Seasons

There are many historic sites, museums, and parks (federal, state, and local) along the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Operating hours vary from site to site. Contact individual site owners/ managers for more information.

Places To Go and Passport Program are listed by state.

For trail brochures, contact the National Park Service's National Trails Intermountain Region office in Santa Fe: email us

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail is still being developed. In some areas visitor facilities, signing, and information are limited.

 
Solitary man in landscape of bare trees and fallen leaves on the Northern land detachments route, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas
A visitor contemplates the Trail of Tears along the Northern land detachments route, Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas.
An NPS Photo

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.