Commemorating the Trail of Tears

Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail 

A man looks upon an old trail covered in leaves and lined by small trees

A visitor contemplates the Trail of Tears along the northern land detachment route. Pea Ridge National Military Park, Garfield, Arkansas.

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.

Follow these links to see how you can travel the trail. Plan Your Visit / Places To Go / Multimedia

States: North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma

Last updated: September 18, 2015