|Trail of Tears State Park|
|Location||Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States|
|Area||3,415.39 acres (13.8216 km2)|
|Elevation||486 ft (148 m)|
|Governing body||Missouri Department of Natural Resources|
|Website||Trail of Tears State Park|
Trail of Tears State Park
|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 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).