Supporting The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Supporting The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

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Trail segment along the Northern Route at Pea Ridge National Military Park in northwestern Arkansas. The wayside exhibits overlooking the Arkansas River at Fort Smith National Historic Site, located on the Water Route in western Arkansas, depict in 5 individual panels the removal stories of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole Nations. The award-winning Trail of Tears exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK, includes a tactile "bead wall," with each bead representing one removed Cherokee, totaling 16,000 beads. Also, life-cast figures depict the travel along the Trail of Tears.

Located at the National Park Service web site, the "Certified Sites" page provides a listing of the official certified sites along the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The National Park Service certifies properties associated with the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, including historic properties, trail segments, and interpretive centers. Each certified site listing has information about that individual site, with hyperlinks to those sites' web pages that have one.

Under the provisions of the National Trails System Act, trail sites and segments on non-federal land become part of the national historic trail only if the owner asks that their property be certified by the National Park Service. Certification is accomplished by a simple written agreement between the owner/manager and the National Trails System Office - Santa Fe in which both agree to cooperate to protect trail resources and to make the trail site or segment available for some degree of public use. Certification agreements are completely voluntary. Certified sites may display the official Trail of Tears National Historic Trail logo and are eligible for financial assistance and technical assistance from the National Park Service for resource management and protection, visitor use development, and interpretation.



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Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 666-9032
Fax: (501) 666-5875
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