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Trail of Tears State Park

Park Information

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.

Park Hours

Park Grounds
Open daily, year-round

Overlook hours

7 a.m. to dusk, daily

Beach hours

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Visitor Center hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday
  • May through September
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
    12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • October
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
    12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday
    Closed Monday through Wednesday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • November
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday
  • December through February
    Closed
  • March
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
    12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday
Name that Trail: This 2.25 mile trail is designated for hikers and mountain bikers. It winds its way through woods and old fields and along small intermittent streams. Maples and sycamore trees grace the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek, which is crossed twice. At the eastern crossing, a 100-foot bridge provides a dry crossing. The western crossing lacks a bridge a may require minor wadding. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.