• Trail of Tears artwork and trail walk

    Trail Of Tears

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

Plan Your Visit


The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail passes through the present-day states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Due to the trail's length, you may decide to travel its entirety or just one or two sites. Take time to plan your trip to meet your needs. View the brochure and maps to learn more about the locations of Trail of Tears sites.


Trip Planning

To assist with planning your visit, view lists of trail-related sites by state at Places to Go and a list of trail-related sites managed by the federal government on Nearby Attractions.

Travel and tourism information is available by phone or on the Internet at the websites listed below.



Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel 800-252-2262







Southern Illinois Tourism Council 800-342-3100





North Carolina


North Carolina Travel and Tourism 800-847-4862



Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department 800-652-6552





Trail of Tears Guidebooks

There is no standard, widely-recognized guidebook that today's travelers can use to follow the main Trail of Tears routes (between the southern Appalachian Mountains and Oklahoma) and that help travelers locate important historical sites, trail segments, and interpretive sites along the way. The following books, however, collectively provide a substantial amount of trail-related site information.

Department of Arkansas Heritage, Heritage Trail, a Guide to Historic Arkansas Trails: Butterfield Trail, Civil War Trails, Southwest Trail, Trail of Tears (Little Rock, the author), 2012.

Duncan, Barbara R., and Brett H. Riggs, Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook (Chapel Hill, Museum of the Cherokee Indian and University of North Carolina Press), 2003.

Fitzgerald, David, and Duane H. King, Cherokee Trail of Tears (Portland, Oregon, Graphic Arts Books), 2007.

Gilbert, Joan, Trail of Tears Across Missouri (Columbia, University of Missouri Press), 1996.

Latch, Darrell, The Trail of Tears through Arkansas and Oklahoma (Tuscola, Illinois, Son Light Power), 2007.

National Park Service, Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Comprehensive Management and Use Plan, 2 volumes (Denver, the author), 1992.

Rozema, Vicki, Footsteps of the Cherokees, a Guide to the Eastern Homelands of the Cherokee Nation (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, John F. Blair), 1995.

Tennessee Division of Archaeology, The Trail of Tears in Tennessee: a Study of the Routes Used During the Cherokee Removal of 1838 (Nashville, the author), 2001.

Did You Know?

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

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail is over 5,000 miles long, over land and water routes in nine states.