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Trail of Tears State Forest

3240 State Forest Road, Jonesboro IL 62952 | 618-833-4910
Southernmost Illinois

Trail of Tears State Forest encompasses 5,000 acres and is situated within the southern section of the Ozark Hills, one of the most rugged landscapes in Illinois. The park is named for the nearly 60 mile trace that makes up the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears, a route that Cherokee were forced to travel when they were forcibly removed from their homelands due to the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Markers for the trail can be found along its route, 4 miles south of the forest along State Route 146. The park has numerous hiking and fire trails and additional trails for equestrian use. The trails offer a great opportunity to view the rocky ridge tops, clear streams along valley floors, and the abundant wildlife that calls them home. Primitive tent camping areas including Class C and Class D camping sites are available. Hunting is also available for squirrels, deer, and turkey.


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