Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail


Imagine having you and your family forcibly removed from your homeland and sent many miles westward. Come on a journey to remember and commemorate the survival of over 16,000 Cherokee Indian people who where sent from their homelands in Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia, to Indian Territory (today known as Oklahoma). The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the removal of the Cherokee Indians and the paths they were forced to follow in the 1830s. Today, the trail encompasses about 2,200-miles of land and water routes, and traverses portions of nine states.



Seasonality / Weather

Due to the length of the trail, be sure to check weather conditions in the region that you will be visiting.



Most trail sites can be accessed by car, bicycle, or on foot. Some sites are along unpaved roads or along river corridors.


You can reach the 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.

Public Transport: 

Commercial bus service is available to many cities and towns along the trail.