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Trail of Tears State Park

Map & Directions 429 Moccasin Springs
Jackson, MO 63755
  • Winter hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; summer hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.


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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.

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  • Michele E. on 10/31/11

    Great place to camp if you don't want to go too far but still want to get away. Beautiful Fall colors this time of year, and awesome hiking trails!

  • VisitCape C. on 11/15/11

    Best panoramic views of the river by far.

  • Stephanie L. on 01/11/10

    Don't forget to take in the view from the lookout!

  • Michele E. on 03/16/12

    My bf is on his way to take me on a bike ride here before the rain comes! It's a great place to camp and hike! :D

  • Thomas H. on 04/02/11

    Don't forget to check out the overlook. Great view of river basin.

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