National Parks of Alabama

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

Official National Parks of Alabama

  • Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
  • Freedom Riders National Monument
  • Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Russell Cave National Monument
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  • Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

Associated sites of Alabama

  • Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area
  • Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
  • Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
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Alabama National Parks

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument

Freedom Riders National Monument

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Little River Canyon National Preserve

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Natchez Trace Parkway

Russell Cave National Monument

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area

Selma to Montgomery 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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