Visitor Center

at Trail of Tears State Park

The visitor center is located down Moccasin Springs Road just past the park's main entrance. The center offers exhibits on both the Cherokee’s forced removal and information on the natural history within the park. Staff is available to answer questions and provide information on aspects of the cultural and natural history of the park as well as offer advice and information for hiking, fishing, camping and boating. There is also a 23-minute documentary film, “Trail of Tears,” produced by the National Park Service that is available to be played on demand.

an old wagon on display in the visitor center exhibits inside the visitor center rows of chairs inside the visitor center

 

Hours

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

The visitor center will open for the normal operating season in April for weekend use with recommended safety procedures and social-distancing guidelines in place. Hours of operation starting in April will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. From May through September, the visitor center will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Regular 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

Coordinates

37.438729, -89.480984

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

Season: May 28 through Sept. 6
Sunrise to sunset, daily

Visitor Center hours

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

The visitor center will open for the normal operating season in April for weekend use with recommended safety procedures and social-distancing guidelines in place. Hours of operation starting in April will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. From May through September, the visitor center will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Regular 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
    12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
  • October
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday
    12 p.m. 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
    12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday