3,415 acres. Located directly alongside the Mississippi River, in southeast Missouri, this hardwood-forested park takes its name from the historic forced Cherokee march which led through these lands. Terrain is hilly with some steep ridges, and 600-foot limestone bluffs line the river.
Activities: The park has 12 miles of trails for backpacking, hiking, and horseback riding. Included is the moderately difficult 10-mile Peewah Trail, which forms several loops.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed for backpackers only, who must register at the park
office or trailhead before beginning. There’s one designated camping area, and camping is also permitted along the trail as long as sites are at least one-quarter mile from entry points, 200 feet from public use areas, and 100 feet from the trail itself. Campfires are prohibited. Groups of seven or more must use the designated camping area.
For Further Information: Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson, MO 63755; (314)334-1711.