Register to Backcountry Camp at Trail of Tears State Park

Contact Information

Park phone number: 573-290-5284
Emergency number: 911

Dispersed camping is allowed along either loop of Peewah Trail, but there is also a backpack camp located on White Connector 2 for larger groups.

Backpackers must register before starting their trip. Camping is free, but registration is required.

  • Campfires are prohibited. Stoves must be used for cooking.
  • Cutting implements such as saws and hatchets are not allowed on the trail.
  • Equestrian camping is not allowed on the trail.
  • The quarry is off limits. Violators will be prosecuted.

Overnight parking for hikers is allowed at either trailhead. Trailhead 1 is close to the junction of Overlook and Hill roads, and Trailhead 2 is located farther north along Overlook Road. Trailhead locations: 1) 37.45634, -89.48806; 2) 37.46382, -89.48515