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Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center
Reviewed October 19, 2013

I live in the area, and have recently become more attracted to this place. The history is well represented and preserved at the visitor's center which is near the graves of the Indian Chiefs. The graves are fenced off to protect them, and are well maintained. Hanging on the fence are mementos and tributes left by members of the tribes that gather there every year for the annual PowWow. There are a few tables for picnicking behind the information center, in a beautiful shady area. I feel a real sense of history here. The other area of the park is not used as much as it could be, and is left alone except during the annual festivities. There is a trail of sorts that is approximately half of a mile long. The first part is only compacted gravel, the later part is asphalt. I like to do my walking here, but I would like to see some more care given to the actual park area. Perhaps some displays of native plants that the People would have used would be nice, with a description of the plant and how it was used.

Thank Rapunzle79
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Hopkinsville is a significant location on the Trail of Tears. The little park, musuem and cemetery are very well presented and maintained.

Thank bradleyfolks
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

I've visited the park several times but missed the only time of the year that it actually comes alive. To say the park is a 'must see' is a misnomer, in my opinion. The annual festival is what's really to be seen. The larger part of the park itself is dreary and unkempt. It's not safe after dark and the walking trail (if that's what it is) isn't marked or paved. Park benches are strewn to the sides every which way - impossible for any kind of picnic.
The heritage center is rarely open, unfortunately, because it has an accurate and remarkable history of the natives trek through the area. The sparkle is truly the grave sites. They are marked and labeled with care, and blooming flowers and a small picnic area give you a tiny glimpse of the beauty the earliest settlers must have experienced along the river's bank.

Thank Jill M
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

The Trail of Tears Commemorative Park is situated on a portion of the campground used by the Cherokees while on the Trail of Tears. Located at this park are the graves of Chiefs White Path and Fly Smith. The park includes a Heritage Center, picnic areas and parking.The heritage center was closed on our visit, that was a disappointment, but I plan on going back in September when they have an intertribal pow wow at the park.

2  Thank Cara U
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Trail of Tears Park in Hopkinsville provides a nice short outing while traveling through the area. Their big event is the annual Pow Wow held each September that attracts 10,000 plus during a three day weekend. It is a great event to share cultural heritage with your kids.

Thank Lynnwood8182
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