Trail of Tears State Park visitor center is open for the public with recommended safety precautions and social distancing measures in place. Hours of operation include 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The visitor center is closed Monday through Thursday. For more information on the health and safety measures in place, visit https://mostateparks.com/response.
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.