North Carolina

The Trail of Tears North Carolina Interactive Map

Zoom in to find a location in North Carolina, then click on the yellow balloon of your choice to see the site name, address, access, image, and website. You'll find museums, interpretive centers, and historic sites that provide information and interpretation for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

Please contact each site before you go to obtain current information on closures, changes in hours, and fees.

Cherokee County Historical Museum, Murphy

Location: 87 Peachtree Street; in the 2-story, stone Carnegie Library Building.

Phone: (828) 837-6792

Access: Open to the public; call for hours

Available Facilities: The museum has a small sales area and restrooms. It is operated by Cherokee County Historical Museum, Inc.

Exhibits: The museum's first floor features several Trail of Tears exhibits.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NPS)

Location: This 522,000-acre national park encompasses the spine of the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. The park headquarters is located at 107 Park Headquarters Road in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Telephone: (865) 436-1200

Access: Open to the public; call for hours

Historical Significance: Although this national park is primarily known for its natural values, the parklands are also known as being the longtime homeland for thousands of Cherokees, who were forced by the US military to leave their homes at gunpoint during the spring of 1838.

Exhibits: The Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Museum, located at the east end of the park in the town of Cherokee, includes Cherokee history in several of the exhibits as well as a video presentation. Both of the park’s visitor centers offer Trail of Tears-related brochures and passport stamps.

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Junaluska Memorial and Museum, Robbinsville
In June, 2017 were were notified that this site has closed.

Location: 1 Junaluska Drive in Robbinsville.

Telephone: (828) 479-4727

Access: Open to the public; call for hours

Historical Significance: The memorial and museum is located at the burial site of Cherokee warrior Junaluska, who in 1838 was forcibly moved from his home to Fort Montgomery (a short-lived camp in Robbinsville) and then on to Fort Butler (Murphy, North Carolina), Fort Cass (Calhoun, Tennessee), and over the Northern Route to Indian Territory. He later returned to North Carolina and died near this site in 1858.

Available Facilities: Surrounding Junaluska's grave is a 7-sided monument with seven granite markers upon it. There is a marker for each of the seven Cherokee clans. Each marker tells about Junaluska's life and achievements.

Exhibits: The museum contains arrowheads, spearpoints, and other Cheoah Valley artifacts along with information about this valley, its people, and its place in American history as it relates to the Trail of Tears.

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Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee

Location: Intersection of Tsali Blvd. (U.S. Highway 441) and Drama Road in Cherokee.

Phone: (828) 497-3481

Access: Open to the public; call for hours

Available Facilities: The museum facility includes a gift shop, archives, and library. It meets wheelchair accessibility standards. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operates the museum.

Exhibits: New museum exhibits combine technology (lighting, audio, holograms, and computer-generated images) and a display of artifacts. The Trail of Tears is one of the museum's major interpretive themes.

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Last updated: May 24, 2018

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Mailing Address:

National Trails
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
PO Box 728

Santa Fe, NM 87504


(505) 988-6098

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