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Trail of Tears State Park - The Trails

Trail of Tears State Park Peewah Trail (Yellow Loop) (April 23, 2022)

Lake Trail, Lake Boutin, Trail of Tears of State Park, March 20, 2021

This page focuses on the trails and the park in general at Trail of Tears State Park. To see the campgrounds, campsites, and water's edge, see this page. The park is located in Cape Girardeau County at 429 Moccasin Springs Rd, Jackson, MO 63755.

My husband's ancestors owned the park land which was taken away from them by the State of Missouri in order to build the park, so this park is special to us. To read more about his ancestors, click here and here and here.


On April 23, 2022, as shown in the above video, we took a hike down the yellow loop of Peewah Trail to the overlook view of the Mississippi River. For a local hike, this is one we have done several times as it is not too far to hike and yet a good hike. We did try going a little distance further on the trail as seen in the video, but would probably not do that again.

The sign said we were entering the Indian Creek Wild Area in a portion of Trail of Tears State Park.

One of my favorite plants in the forest is May Apples and they were everywhere! It is worth it to go down this trail at this time of year again!

The end of the trial is a little dangerous, so be careful.

The railroad runs underneath the peak of the trail as can be seen when you look downstream.

On the way back we decided to turn down and continue the trail as designated by this marker.

So many May Apples!

This was nearing the end of our hike where we turned back. We were trying to see if there was another overlook as you get closer to the Mississippi River, but there was not much to see.

There were a few Dogwood trees blooming, although this is not the greatest cell phone photo.

There was a man we met as we were almost to the end of the trail who showed us the mushrooms he had found on the trail.


As shown in the above video, we took a hike of part of the Lake Boutin Trail on March 20, 2021, and below are a few photos. My husband and youngest son stayed at the parking lot and my middle son hiked with me and that was special to me.

On October 29, 2017, we took a trip to Trail of Tears State Park looking for Autumn colors and below is what we found around Lake Boutin


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