The Trail

Designated as a national historic trail by Congress in 1987, the Trail commemorates the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their homelands in the southeastern United States to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) in 1838 - 1839. The National Trails System - Intermountain Region of the National Park Service, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, administers the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in cooperation with many trail partners, both public (federal, state,and local) and private owners.

Trail Maps & Databases
Located at the National Park Service web site, the "Trail Map" is an extremely sophisticated and helpful tool which shows the routes of the Historic Trail. The Trail Map is two (2) maps, one depicting and titled "Designated Routes," which are routes that have been designated by Congress as a part of the National Historic Trail, and one depicting and titled "Routes Under Study," which are routes that have not been added yet to the National Historic Trail. One can turn on and off different "layers" of the maps. It is a very extensive map database using Geographic Information Systems.
Trail Map
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