Visit the Trail

Located at the National Park Service web site, the‚Äč "Places to Go" page provides a partial listing of the official certified sites along the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The National Park Service certifies properties associated with the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, including historic properties, trail segments, and interpretive centers. Each site listing has information about that individual site, with hyperlinks to those sites' web pages that have one.

Under the provisions of the National Trails System Act, trail sites and segments on non-federal land become part of the national historic trail only if the owner asks that their property be certified by the National Park Service. Certification is accomplished by a simple written agreement between the owner/manager and the National Trails System Office - Santa Fe in which both agree to cooperate to protect trail resources and to make the trail site or segment available for some degree of public use. Certification agreements are completely voluntary. Certified sites may display the official Trail of Tears National Historic Trail logo and are eligible for financial assistance and technical assistance from the National Park Service for resource management and protection, visitor use development, and interpretation.

Click here to view the "Places to Go" section of the NPS website.

Below is a full list of certified sites.

Certified Sites
Federal Protection Components and Interpretive Sites
  • Arkansas Post National Memorial, AR
  • Cadron Settlement Park, AR
  • Cherokee Memorial Park, Blythe Ferry, TN
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site, AR
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
  • Mark Twain National Forest, MO
  • Mocassin Bend, TN
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park, AR
  • Shawnee National Forest, IL
  • Stones River National Battlefield, TN
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