Getting to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail includes a wide variety of sites and organizations. Please view the site-specific directions organized by state and site at Places To Go or Passport Program.


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.


You can reach most trail sites by auto. Some sites are along unpaved roads or along river corridors. Keep a look out for the auto route signs.


Commercial bus service is available to many cities and towns along the trail. Check local guide books and Internet sources.

Silhouette of woman standing in the wind on logo for Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
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. Use guidebooks or ask locally for directions to individual trail sites. Check this website periodically for updated information.
road signs

Last updated: December 18, 2018

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Mailing Address:

National Trails Intermountain Region
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(505) 988-6098

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