Pee-Wah Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Trail of Tears State Park is a certified site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. During the winter of 1838–39, more than 16,000 Cherokee were forced to leave their homelands in and around western North Carolina and take an 800-mile journey to Indian Territory in the west. Nearly one in four of the Cherokee who embarked on the journey died on the trail. Harsh weather, hunger, and disease all contributed to the deaths and the trail became known as the Trail of Tears. To learn more about the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, visit the park’s visitor center or www.nps.gov/trte.
Composed of two loops, the Pee-Wah Trail is the longest and most challenging trail in Trail of Tears State Park. Winding through the 1,300-acre Indian Creek Wild Area, be on the lookout for oak and hickory trees. Hikers will easily spot tulip poplars during the summer months. Also known as yellow poplars, these beautiful tall trees have large tulip-like flowers that are orange and green."