The Trail of Tears is unique among planned and existing trails in the region for its historical and cultural significance at both the local and national scale. As a segment of the cross-country Trail of Tears Historical Trail, the corridor documents the forced migration of thousands of Cherokee people from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to Indian Territory in present day Oklahoma. Existing segments of the trail in the region elaborate on this history through interpretive signage and, where possible, use a natural surface to preserve the character the Cherokee likely encountered nearly 180 years ago.
Wilson’s Creek Greenway Trail links to South Creek Greenway in southwest Springfield, at the popular junction called Tal’s Trailhead via an on-street connection. This trail is lovely and travels through the popular Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. Another section of Wilson’s Creek Greenway trail is paved at Ewing Sports Complex – the future site for Fassnight Creek Greenway, Wilson’s Creek Greenway, & Jordan Creek Greenway trails to all connect.