Special-Use Area

at Trail of Tears State Park

a picnic table and a group fire ring areaThe special-use camping area is by reservation only for group camping. It offers campers a large area to set up multiple tents, vault toilets, picnic tables and a fire pit. This area does not have water or showers. Campers may use the facilities in the Lake Boutin Campground. Camping capacity is 40 campers and/or 10 cars. A $2 per camper per night fee is charged to Scout groups; an alternate nightly rate and deposit are charged for all other groups. Check-in is 3 p.m. and check-out is 3 p.m. the following day. Contact the park office at 573-290-5268 to make your reservations for the special-use camping area.  Use by groups other than organized youth groups is available at an alternate rate; interested parties may inquire by calling the park office.

Park Hours

Coordinates

37.444545, -89.479965

Park Hours

Park Grounds

  • 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. April through October
  • 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. November through March

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