The tragic history that gives Trail of Tears State Park its name provides a sharp contrast to the peaceful, serene setting and the abundance of recreational opportunities enjoyed by visitors today. The 3,415-acre park is a memorial to the Cherokee Indians that lost their lives in a forced relocation, as well as a place for visitors to participate in a variety of outdoor adventures. The park is located on the site where nine of 13 groups of Cherokee Indians crossed the Mississippi River in harsh winter conditions in 1838-39. Thousands lost their lives on the trail, including dozens on or near the parks grounds. Legend says that Nancy Bushyhead Hildebrand died and was buried within the parks boundaries. The Bushyhead Memorial is a tribute to all the Cherokee who died on the trail. The parks visitor center features exhibits that interpret the forced relocation, as well as the parks many natural features. Today, numerous picnic sites are scattered throughout the park and campsites are available in a wooded area and near the river. Anglers can cast their lines in either the Mississippi River or the 20-acre Lake Boutin, stocked with bass, bluegill and catfish. The parks numerous trails offer opportunities for hiking, backpacking, primitive camping and equestrian pursuits. In winter, the bluffs and cliffs along the river are noted as roosting sites for bald eagles. An accessible overlook provides a majestic view of the river and beyond.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

My two dogs and I just walked this trail. Very muddy and slippery, so I recommend a walking stick. Trail itself was lovely, a nice walk through the woods, plenty of small streams to fill up your filtered water bottle, it was well marked throughout.

hiking
1 month ago

I frequently bring my kiddos out here (ages 2- and 6, but I still carry the toddler while hiking). I would rate it moderate, not hard. There’s a small section around the lake that’s slick with lots of tree roots, uphill on one side and drops off on the other which I’m assuming is why it’s rated “hard?” Anyway.. nice trail. Our favorite part is along the water and up to the primitive camp sites.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail. Bring bug spray, seems to be a issue all year around. Took my dog, Marley. Would rate this trail closer to Moderate.

The trail terrain is pretty easy with hiking boots on. Beautiful scenery!

great trail to take the family on.

it's sad that they had to reroute the trail but still a great local hiking trail. great overlooks of the river, some loose rocks but overall and easy trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Not as difficult as the description says it is, my wife and 3 kids did it in a bit over 2 hours and my youngest 2 are 4 yrs old. anybody can do it just put your mind to it and enjoy the hike.

hiking
5 months ago

yellow loop is now closed permanently which is a 3 mile hike, terrain isn't the best. it is meant to be for horses. red is still open but is a 6 hour hike 9 miles.

not sure why this is listed as hard. My 4 and 6 year old love this trail. good scenic lookouts. nice trail for dogs. watch out for snakes occasionally, did run across a rattle snake last year. one of my favorite quick trails in the area.

6 months ago

Nice little trail for after the nature center.

a lot of down trees. a lot of ticks. other than that nice rugged trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice short trail in the woods. Beware of the spider webs and mosquitos.

backpacking
7 months ago

Used the trail as a short prep for a 12 day later this summer. Carried my full pack. There are some good steep inclines. Took about 1 hour 45 minutes. This trail has very clear paths until about halfway in. Then depending on whether you “loop” or backtrack, the trail gets very tight. Pretty trail and got my heart pumping.

on Peewah Trail

7 months ago

The red and yellow trail was not as hard as I thought it would be. It does have it's hard spots but for the most part it's flat. It was a nice 6 mile hike.

backpacking
9 months ago

Good trail, saw some deer on the way up. Nice workout.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike for anyone looking for a workout. One of my first real hiking experiences, challenged me to where I really felt as though I had achieved a milestone. Finished in an hour and 50 minutes, with very few breaks and not much sight seeing although there were plenty of places to enjoy the Mississippi River. Highly enjoyed this trail but wouldn’t recommend it to the beginner.

hiking
9 months ago

Great first hike for kids. Very tall trees, rolling hills, animal tracks. Takes about 25 minutes with two littles in tow.

hiking
10 months ago

Short walk behind the visitor center. Nothing remarkable

hiking
11 months ago

I take my dog jogging through here occasionally, nice view at the top.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Great trail experienced in December with great views all around.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mileage for loops is not accurate. Red loop 6.1 miles. Hike red and yellow it is a little over 9 miles

Sunday, September 24, 2017

We had a great time on this trail. Not advisable on hiking it in tennis shoes. Hiking boots and pants are best as you brush across different plants and come in contact with spiders and other insects. Beautiful view of the Mississippi River at 1.5 miles in. We completed the trail in roughly 1.5 hours without stopping. To really take in the views expect 2 to 2.5 hours.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

great challenging terrain at spots and several scenic views

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

This trail is open. Nice new bridge at the beginning. Plenty of parking at trailhead as there is a pavilion for picnicing there. As other reviewers have said, it is an out and back. Parts of it are very steep so you get a good workout. The recommendation to wear bug spray is spot on. The views of the river are spectacular and a nice reward after a challenging climb.

The visitors' center at the entrance to the park is nice too.

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

Go on a date/time when you know someone else has already hiked, or you will be kissing spider webs every 10'. It's a great trail though!!

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

No longer a loop trail. It's an out and back, so 3 miles total(1.5 out, 1.5 back). A good trail especially if you look and turn things over as we saw a snake, newts, lizards, mole, mouse, and salamanders. A good workout too but make sure to bring bug spray.

hiking
Friday, March 10, 2017

Trail is now open. New bridge at the very beginning of trail. Beautiful hike to get away for a few hours. Nice overlook at top of trail of Mississippi. No loop. You hike in and back out.

hiking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Nice long trail that has steep hills and scenic views on the Mississippi River. I went on the part of the trail that takes you to the backpackers camp. Saw a lot of birds and deer. Good place to see Bald Eagles along the river. Please watch your step for snakes during the warm months.

hiking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

TRAIL HAS REOPENED. Steep inclines make this hike a little difficult. It's a double back trail and no longer loops. The trail ends on the cliffs which have a spectacular view of the Mississippi River. The trail takes you down into mossy creek beds and back along the ridge lines, really beautiful and quiet.

on Peewah Trail

backpacking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Loved it
A nice workout
The views are amazing

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