Lake Guntersville State Park, along with other state and regional parks, are commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears with the "800-Miles History Treks on Trails." An early morning hike, trail blessing, drumming, symbolic walk, lunch and various presentations will be held throughout the day.
There will be a welcome at 9 a.m. at the lodge, folowed by a hike on King's Chapel Trail. Hikers will be led one mile into the park to view one of the largest historic marker trees, bent and shaped by Mative Americans. Gina Williamson of the United Cherokee Ani-Yun-Wiya will lead a trail blessing at 10:30 a.m. This will be followed by a symbolic walk on the Trail of Tears route at 11 a.m.
All visitors to Alabama’s state and national parks are encouraged to bike, hike, and paddle these routes taken by the people from the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw, and Seminole nations when they were pressured in the 1830s to leave their homeland and settle elsewhere.