National Parks of Oklahoma

There is currently three National Park Service Site in Oklahoma and three associated sites.

Official National Parks of Oklahoma

  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site
  • Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Associated sites of Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial
  • Santa Fee National Historic Trail
  • Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
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Oklahoma National Parks

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Santa Fee National Historic Trail

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail follows the different routes members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Ponca, and Ho-Chunk/Winnebago nations were forced to march for resettlement as part of the Indian Removal Act.  The Trail of Tears follows the four main routes from Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia thru Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas on their way to Oklahoma.

The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail stands as a reminder of the horrific treatment the American Indians suffered at the hands of the U.S government.  It is estimated between 2,000 – 8,000 Cherokee died along the trail (that doesn’t include deaths of any of the other tribes or deaths in the Seminole wats).

Today, visitors to the Trail of Tears can drive any one of the four main auto routes and visit sites such as the Cherokee County Historical Museum, Brainerd Mission Cemetery,  Cherokee National Museum, and Fort Payne Cabin Site to learn more about the journey the American Indians were forced to make and the challenges they faced.

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail was created in 1987.

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