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Trail of Tears State Park
Location Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States
Area 3,415.39 acres (13.8216 km2)
Elevation 486 ft (148 m)
Established 1957
Governing body Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Website Trail of Tears State Park
Trail of Tears State Park
Archaeological Site
Nearest city Oriole, Missouri
Area 19.3 acres (7.8 ha)
NRHP reference No. 70000326
Added to NRHP December 2, 1970

Trail of Tears State Park is a public recreation area covering 3,415 acres (1,382 ha) bordering the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. The state park stands as a memorial to those Cherokee Native Americans who died on the Cherokee Trail of Tears. The park's interpretive center features exhibits about the Trail of Tears as well as displays and specimens of local wildlife. An archaeological site in the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Activities and amenities

Activities in the park include camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, and horseback riding. Fishing is provided at 20-acre (8.1 ha) Lake Boutin and on the Mississippi River. A lookout offers a view of the river and Illinois on the opposite shore. The park has four trails: Peewah - 9 miles (14 km); Lake – 2.25 miles (3.62 km); Sheppard Point – 1.3 miles (2.1 km); and Nature – 0.6 miles (0.97 km).

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