Trail of Tears National Historic Trail



A Journey of Injustice

Remember and commemorate the survival of the Cherokee people, forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to live in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. They traveled by foot, horse, wagon, or steamboat in 1838-1839.

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail covers nine states and thousands of miles of land and water routes.

During 1838 and 1839, more than 16,000 Cherokee men, women, and children were forcibly moved from their homes in the southern Appalachian Mountains to stockades and internment camps, after which they walked hundreds of miles to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). The harsh conditions led to a high rate of illness, widespread desertion, and hundreds of deaths.

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail was designated to preserve the story, the routes, and support the associated sites that commemorate the Cherokees' forced migration. - NPS

Places

PlaceLocaleTypeAsNotedIn
Memphis to Little Rock Road-Henard Cemetery Road Segment
  • NRHP
Bainbridge Ferry
  • NRHP
Audubon Acres Site (40 HA 84)
  • NRHP
Barry Springs
Brown's Ferry Tavern
  • NRHP
Rev Jesse Bushyhead Grave
  • NRHP
Springfield to Fayetteville Road-Cross Hollow Segment
  • NRHP
Carrollton Road-Carrollton Segment
  • NRHP
Whitepath and Fly Smith Gravesite
  • NRHP
Bainridge Ferry Rd
  • NRHP
Memphis to Little Rock Road-Brownsville Segment
  • NRHP
Indian Ford
  • NRHP
Memphis to Little Rock Road-Village Creek Segment
  • NRHP
Memphis to Little Rock Road-Bayou Two Prairie Segment
  • NRHP
Brainerd Mission Cemetery
  • NRHP
Dover to Clarksville Road Road -Hickeytown Road Segment
  • NRHP
Springfield to Fayetteville Road - Brightwater Segment
  • NRHP
Mantle Rock Archeological District
  • NRHP
Little Rock to Cantonment Gibson Road-Old Wire Road Segment
  • NRHP
Military Road-Cadron Segment
  • NRHP
Peter Brickey House
Blackfish Lake Ferry Site
  • NRHP
Green's Ferry
  • NRHP
Ross's Landing
  • NRHP
Springfield to Fayetteville Road -Elkhorn Tavern Segment
  • NRHP
Illinois Campground
  • NRHP
Gray's Inn
  • NRHP
Little Rock to Cantonment Gibson Rd-Fourth Street Segment
  • NRHP
Fort Smith to Jackson Road-Talbert's Ferry Segments
  • NRHP
Snelson-Brinker House
  • NRHP

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