Trip Ideas

Depending on how much time you have, you can retrace segments of the Trail of Tears or seek out individual sites to visit. To find a trail segment and sites near you, see our Interactive Map page, which also features a list of sites organized by state. You can find a bibliography of guidebooks for the Trail of Tears or view an interactive map of Passport to Your National Parks sites.
Choose an itinerary below to get started.

Front of a rack card showing the river at Trail of Tears State Park

Two Day Itineraries




Arkansas and Oklahoma

Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky

One Day Itineraries

Fayetteville, Arkansas Area

Paducah, Kentucky Area

Chattanooga, Tennessee Area

Driving tours (without stops) are available for Chattanooga, Tennessee, and neighboring Hamilton County.

Find sites to visit, auto routes, and trail segments

Places to Go

Find sites to visit, auto routes, and trail segments

A field at Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas

Publications about the Trail of Tears

Find the Official Map and Guide and state brochures for Georgia and Tennessee.

A snowy view of the Moccasin Bend Archaeological District

Read the Stories

View exhibit panels of various sites to read about stories along the Trail of Tears

The soldiers came and took us from our home. They first surrounded our house and took the mare while we were at work in the fields…and [they] did not permit us to take anything with us, not even a second change of clothes.
—Ooloo-Cha, widow of Sweet Water

Last updated: February 13, 2019

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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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