Getting to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

You can visit many sites on the Trail over the 900-mile historic route.


You can reach the national historic trail by flying into a number of airports, including Huntsville, Alabama; Fayetteville/Springdale and Little Rock, Arkansas; Atlanta, Georgia; Springfield/Branson and St. Louis, Missouri; Asheville, North Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis, Tennesee. Trail-related sites can be reached from these cities.

A group of signs that indicate the presence of the Trail of Tears.



You can reach most trail sites by auto. Some sites are along unpaved roads or along river corridors.

A family of road signs has been initiated across the Trail of Tears to help you find original routes, trail crossings, and local sites. Follow the signs exhibiting the distinctive Trail of Tears National Historic Trail logo.

A map depicting trails from southeast US to Oklahoma.

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail traverses 2,200 + miles over 9 states.



Download historic and current maps, and access an interactive map to find trail site locations.

Last updated: January 28, 2020

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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

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