Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson

#38 of 102 in Nature in Missouri
Trail of Tears State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area covering along the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. The state park stands as a memorial to those Cherokee Native Americans who died on the Cherokee Trail of Tears. The park's interpretive center features exhibits about the Trail of Tears as well as displays and specimens of local wildlife. An archaeological site in the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Activities in the park include camping, picnicking, swimming, and hiking with trails for both backpackers and equestrians. Fishing is provided at 20acre Lake Boutin and on the Mississippi River. A lookout offers a view of the river and Illinois on the opposite shore. There are four trails at Trail of Tears: Peewah Trail – 9miSheppard Point Trail – 3miLake Trail – 2.25miNature Trail – 0.6mi For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Jackson holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Trail of Tears State Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This park is a great place to visit in the fall as the leaves are changing. You can enjoy a peaceful drive to the overlook, and walk the boardwalk to see beautiful views of the Mississippi River...  more »
  • We spent a lovely fall weekend in Cape Girardeau/Jackson area. Flooding caused our camping reservations at Trail of Tears State Park to be cancelled, so we landed at a private campground. While in...  more »
  • Beautiful, quiet and very well kept. The observation overlook of the Mississippi River is a must see. Also, stop in at the Visitor Center for a history lesson of the importance of the area.
  • Very nice state park very well kept we spent at least a couple of hours here

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