Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

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Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail


(505) 988-6098

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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. There are many different entry points and points of interest along the trail.

Map of Trail Of Tears

Latitude, Longitude: 35.868224, -94.958610



  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail passes through the present-day states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Because of the trail's length, you may decide to travel its entirety, or just one or two sites. Take time to plan your trip to meet your needs. View the map above to learn more about the locations of Trail of Tears sites.


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

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Most trail sites can be accessed by car, bicycle, or on foot. Some sites are along unpaved roads or along river corridors. The GPS and address are for our suggested trail starting point; The Cherokee Heritage Center in Oklahoma.


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 Transportation

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

Phone Numbers


(505) 988-6098