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“Scenic Drive”

Trail of Tears State Park
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Gain a better understanding of one of the saddest chapters in American history at Trail of Tears State Park, where nine of the 13 Cherokee Indian groups being relocated to Oklahoma crossed the Mississippi River during harsh winter conditions in 1838 and 1839. The park’s visitor center tells the tale of the thousands who died on the forced march, as well as the park’s many natural features. The park also has a cheerier side: shaded picnic sites, hiking and horse trails, opportunities to fish in both the Mississippi River and Lake Boutin, and majestic views of the Mississippi River and beyond.
Reviewed July 27, 2012

We drove through the state park on our way to Holenwald and it was a beautiful, scenic drive. I would like to go back and stay a bit longer to check things out.

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

They have a interesting film to view at the nature center/museum at the park about the Cherokee Indians and the relationship to the area.

Thank Jayr09
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

My daughter and I tent camped here as we're traveling for 5 months around the USA. Missouri gets an A on beauty, and an F on friendliness. We camped during a major heat wave and for a bit were the only campers in the park. Both camp hosts were indifferent and discouraging and rude. We were admonished for not knowing Missouri's reservation rules, "everyone should know how to make reservations". When we asked questions about the mississippi river we were given no answers or help. The campground is next to the river and train. The train blasts it's horns as it passes by. When we waved or greeted locals we were largely ignored. Did meet some friendly folk at an AA meeting. Would think park staff would be more helpful! I wouldn't stay again.

1  Thank Tukibodie
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Beautiful place. But stay away from the beach. Signs tell you to stay out of the water - it;s unsafe. Otherwise, clean, well maintained area, with great play area for kids,

Thank boonutsmom
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

So many trails to take a hike on with varying difficult levels. Has an outlook above Mississippi River, breath taking!

Thank sportgirl_07
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