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. Organized youth groups (Scouts, 4-H, church, etc.) have priority.

This area offers campers a large area to set up multiple tents and includes vault toilets, picnic tables and a fire pit. It 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. Check-in is 3 p.m., and checkout is 3 p.m. the following day.

Contact the visitor center at 573-290-5268 to make your reservations for the special-use camping area. 

Park Hours

Coordinates

37.444545, -89.479965

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

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

Beach closed for the season

Visitor Center hours

April through October (On-Season)

  • April
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
    Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday
  • May through September
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
    Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Oct. 1 through Nov. 1
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
    Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
    Closed Monday through Wednesday

Nov. 2 through March (Off-Season)

  • Nov. 2 through March 19
    Closed
  • March 20-31
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
    Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday

Park Office hours

Summer Hours (on-season)

  • April through September
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday
  • October
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday
    Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Winter Hours (off-season)

  • November through March
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
    Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday