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Trail of Tears State Park

429 Moccasin Springs, Jackson, MO 63755
573-290-5268
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Jackson
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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English first
Jackson, Missouri
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The park has a lovely visitors center. The rest of the park's charm would be pretty rustic with few amenities and mostly self exploratory. The hiking trails are somewhat primitive with natural aids of rocks and logs for support when necessary. However, beware of your limitations. The terrain is fording steep inclines and deep ravines. The signs may say moderate... More

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Jackson, Mo.
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Trail of Tears State park in Cape Girardeau County is a beautiful area. It has primitive campsites and non primitive sights. A playground is located at the non primitive camping area with a large shelter house. This campsight overlooks the Mississippi River which is accessible for just enjoying the river sights or fishing. There is a railroad track that... More

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missouri
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Try to visit the little visitors center to get a history of the park/Trail of Tears before you visit the scenic overlook above the Mississippi River. Be sure to check the hours of the visitor center because it is often closed on Tuesdays. Watch the short film in the center. It is a very well done reenactment of what happened... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We've been to several state parks to camps this year and was fairly excited to visit Trail of Tears. We expected to find some information or landmarks from this terrible park of our nations history. There was some info at the visitors center but other than the grossly underwhelming Bushyhead memorial spot, there was nothing! At the overlook, it had... More

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st louis MO
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to Trail of Tears State Park this past Monday, but unfortunately the Visitor Center was closed. Check before you go to confirm that it will be open on the day that you want to visit. We were unable to get this information from the website. There are plenty of picnic areas and there is an outdoor... More

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Vienna, IL
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

So sorry, but my impression of this park is tainted by the lack of foresight and initiative. In mid- September the staff was approached by a couple journeying the Trail of Tears (covered wagon and team of mules - really!). The reluctant "welcome" was to offer a gravel site by the river which would have been a significantly hard pull... More

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64 reviews 64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We stayed in the full service campground. If you want to be on the Mississippi River, this is the place but be ready for the trains to be even closer than the water. We knew this going in, so more amusing than annoying. (Think My Cousin Vinnie with trains and river barges.) Easy set up on flat sites. The bath/shower... More

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Paducah, Kentucky
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We expected to make a thorough tour of the Trail of Tears exhibit at the Visitors Center at the park entrance, but the day was so beautiful and as we had brought a picnic, we spent the entire afternoon outside. The picnic possibilities were everywhere for any kind of taste -- wooded, sheltered, open, or by water (river or lake).... More

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Belfast
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Came here whilst on holidays in the States with my fiancée and her friends. Firstly we loved the drive through the forest going towards the viewpoint. Got to the viewpoint and we had amazing views of the Mississippi River. We then hiked on 1 of the great trails but we then had to turn back due to bad weather!! Really... More

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st louis mo
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61 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A little group of us reserved a basic tent site for camping so that we could view the meteor showers in the night. I wasn't expecting how very clean the restrooms were and the showers were some of the cleanest I've ever experienced camping. The camp hosts were SO friendly (their dogs were too). Our tent site was spacious enough... More

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