- Established in 1987
- 5,045 miles long (2013)
The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the removal of the Cherokee and the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments followed westward. Today the trail encompasses over 5,000 miles of land and water routes, and traverses portions of nine states.
The National Park Service, in partnership with other federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners, administers the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Participating national historic trail sites display the official trail logo.Trail of Tears NHT Logo
National Trails System