Lake Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Rich in both natural and cultural history, Trail of Tears State Park makes an excellent weekend destination and is a relatively short distance from St. Louis thanks to the direct route that I-55 offers. The park gets its name from the tragic Cherokee relocation known as the Trail of Tears, which came through Jackson, Missouri, in the winter of 1838–39. Thousands of Native Americans died on this journey. Visit the park’s visitor center to learn more about this dark chapter of American history.
Positioned on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, this state park offers lush hardwood woodlands and towering bluff-top views, as well as hiking, camping, and fishing opportunities. The Lake Trail is an easy day hike that takes visitors along the shore of Lake Boutin, over several ridges, and through the basic camping area. Be on the lookout for the rare pennywort, which can be found growing near the trail in the early spring."