Plan Your Visit

5 people walking a grass path surrounded by trees

You can walk in their footsteps. Camp Ground Church, Illinois.


The sites on Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, stretching 5,043 miles across nine states, together form a journey of compassion and understanding. The trail commemorates the forced removal of Cherokee from their homelands; the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments followed westward; and the revival of the Cherokee Nation. We encourage you to retrace the trail on foot, by vehicle, over water, by bicycle or horse—to sacred sites that tell the story of suffering and intolerance, but just as important, one of survival.


Retrace the trail with these new driving tours:

Hamilton County, Tennessee

City of Chattanooga, Tennessee


Trip Planning

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.

Places to Go - Peruse an interactive map and lists of sites by state

Passport to Your National Parks Program - Find out where to get your book stamped!

Publications - Read / print / order trail brochures

Photos & Multimedia - Access film, exhibits, and a photo gallery

Interactive Map - Locate sites and routes along five trail routes

Trail of Tears Guidebooks

Travel and Tourism Contacts by State

Visiting the Cherokee Nation


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