• Trail of Tears artwork and trail walk

    Trail Of Tears

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

Places To Go

Signs mark location of Trail of Tears original route at Pea Ridge, Arkansas

Signs mark location of Trail of Tears original route at Pea Ridge, Arkansas.

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There are many places of history and commemoration on the Trail of Tears for you to visit. All of these sites participate in the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Please contact a site for closures or changes in hours before you go.

Due to the trail's length, information about historic sites and interpretive facilities are organized above by state.

For federal sites on or near the trail in each state, visit Nearby Attractions.

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.