Things To Know Before You Come
As you travel along the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail . . .
Ask permission before going on private land. Please respect your hosts' hospitality when you visit their sites. Leave everything as you find it. Obey signs, use designated parking areas, and limit your stay to the time necessary to appreciate the site. Don't use metal-detectors, dig at sites, collect artifacts, or remove anything. Some sites contain burials; please respect these sacred places. Many portions of the historic routes are on road rights-of-way.
Did You Know?
Four detachments of Cherokee people were removed from their homelands to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) along water routes, while 13 detachments made their way overland along existing roads. These routes are part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.