Trail of Tears State Park
429 Moccasin Springs Rd., Jackson, MO 63755 - United States
Gain a better understanding of one of the saddest chapters in American history at Trail of Tears State Park, where nine of the 13 Cherokee Indian groups being relocated to Oklahoma crossed the Mississippi River during harsh winter conditions in 1838 and 1839. The park’s visitor center tells the tale of the thousands who died on the forced march, as well as the park’s many natural features. The park also has a cheerier side: shaded picnic sites, hiking and horse trails, opportunities to fish in both the Mississippi River and Lake Boutin, and majestic views of the Mississippi River and beyond. Its location right on the river makes the park one of the best places in Missouri for viewing migratory waterfowl.
The visitor center has exhibits on the 1838 forced removal of the Cherokee known as the Trail of Tears. In addition, there is a video produced by the National Park Service about the event. There are also exhibits on the natural history of the park.
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