Trail of Tears State Forest


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Trail of Tears State Forest


Location:Southern Illinois, 5 miles northwest of Jonesboro and 20 miles south of Murphysboro.
Facilities:Class C tent camping and Class D backpack campsites, group camping areas, picnic areas, shelters, privies, ball diamond, trails (40 miles).
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting.
Special Features:In the winter of 1838-1839, the Cherokee, Creek, and Chickasaw nations were forced by the US Army to move from the Southeast to reservations in Oklahoma Territory. They had to stop for the winter in southern Illinois, just south of the present-day state forest, because of floating ice in the Mississippi River. Hundreds died of cold and starvation during this cruel trek, which came to be known as the Trail of Tears (see separate entry on Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in national trails section). Today, Trail of Tears Forest in Illinois is a multiple-use site managed for timber, wildlife, ecosystem preservation, watershed protection, and recreation.
Address:3240 State Forest Rd
Jonesboro, IL 62952

Phone:618-833-4910
Web: dnr.state.il.us/Lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R5/TRLTEARS.HTM
Size: 5,114 acres.

See other parks in Illinois.
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Clear Creek flows through southwestern Illinois, including through the Trail of Tears State Forest, and is connected to the Mississippi River, which runs along the entire western border of Illinois, separating it from Missouri in the southern part of the state and Iowa in the north.