Exploring Missouri State Parks: Trail of Tears

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!

Located on the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau County, Trail of Tears State Park is a memorial to the Cherokee Indians and the tragic story of their forced march to relocate on a reservation.

More than 16,000 Cherokee made the 800-mile march in the winter of 1838. An estimated 4,000 lost their lives. They crossed the river at the site of the 3,415-acre park.

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The park preserves the native woodlands as they appeared to the Cherokee. Mature forests cover the landscape, which features sharp ridges and steep ravines.

The park has four trails, including the nine-mile Peewah Trail, which explores the remote Indian Creek Wild Area.

Trail of Tears State Park has numerous picnic sites and campsites, and the 20-acre Lake Boutin, which is stocked with bass, bluegill and catfish.

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