Trail of Tears Intrepretive Trail

Trail along the Roubidoux River. Walking, jogging, bike. Mostly concrete.

Trail of Tears Intrepretive Trail

Waynesville, Missouri 65583, United States

Created By: Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center

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Program powered by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Concrete walking trail along the Roubidoux River. Accessible for walking, jogging, bikes, and ADA. Some of the trail towards the south in Laughlin Park is a dirt pathway that leads to Roubidoux Spring. This trail also features the National Park Service Trail of Tears Memorial and storyboards.

The first point of interest notes the parking area immediately in front of the memorial. There are various parking areas available all along the trail, which are noted at the end.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Gravel parking area, located at the memorial location.   Picnic area, ADA fishing access. Primitive restroom located to the south past the spring.
This memorial area features three storyboards about the trials and tribulations of the Cherokee nation along the Trail of Tears.
This pathway turns to gravel and leads you along a small trail featuring Missouri Wildflowers and a boardwalk that goes around the Roubidoux (aka Big Spring) Spring which is home to the underwater cave.
Storyboard to the south of the Roubidoux Spring.
Storyboard of Historic Route 66 and the Roubidoux Bridge.
The section of the Roubidoux River forged by the  Cherokee Nation during their travels along the Trail of Tears.
Just off the trail, you will find the totem pole which was created by members of a local woodcarving club in the late 1980s.
This gravel parking takes you in at the north end of the concrete trail. The Trail of Tears Interpretive Trail lays to the south approximately 1/2 mile.  Dirt pathways lead to the north of this parking area, throughout the Missouri Convers... Read more
Off-street parking, sidewalk leads you down to Trail of Tears Memorial.
Gravel parking area brings you in at the southern section of the trail which ends at the Roubidoux Spring and underwater cave.


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