While American settlers clamored for more land, native tribes signed more than 40 treaties ceding their lands to the US. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 significantly altered a way of life for eastern Indian tribes.

These exhibits share some of the stories of the Trail of Tears through original exhibits placed at sites across the historic routes.

Leaving the Homeland
Cave Spring
Removal Camps
Georgia Historic Towns

Land Routes
Laughlin Park
Camp Ground Church
Berry's Ferry
Mantle Rock Preserve

Water Routes
Sequoyah NWR
New Madrid

Arriving in Indian Territory
Dispersal Camps


All exhibits can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download this (free) program, click here. If you have a slow internet connection, it may take a few minutes to access the exhibit files.

Last updated: February 21, 2019

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National Trails Office Regions 6|7|8
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
1100 Old Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe, NM 87505


(505) 988-6098

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