Trail of Tears State Park

Trail of Tears State Park is located on the Mississippi River east of Jackson, Missouri and north of Cape Girardeau, MO.  It is where the Cherokee crossed the Mississippi River from Ware, Illinois into Missouri during their forced removal in 1838 and 1839.  It is a certified site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.  The park is also on the Great River Road exploring the Mississippi River.   The park has a Visitor Center featuring displays about the Cherokee Removal and the natural history of the park. It has two campgrounds, a wild area, a natural area and 16 miles of trails where you can hike, backpack and horseback ride (BYOH) and a lake where you can swim or fish.  A boat ramp provides access to the Mississippi River and an overlook provides great views of the Mississippi River. 

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Latitude: 37.458898 Longitude: -89.479052 Elevation: 526 ft
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Trail of Tears State Park

Hours Open

The park is open from 7 am to 10 pm. The Visitor Center hours vary, visit

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Seasons Open

The park is open year round. The Visitor Center is closed December, January, February.

Visitor Fees

No entrance fees. Camping fees apply.

Accessibility Notes

The Visitor Center is accessible.   There is an ADA campsite in the Mississippi River campground.  The Overlook is accessible as well.

Pet Friendly Notes

All pets must be on a leash no longer than 10' at all times and attached to a person or object.

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