“The Lewis and Clark Expedition is more than the story of two men. It is the story of many: individuals and groups, military men and scientists, a president and a slave, women and men, French-speaking boatmen and American Indians. It is a story of loss and hope. It is a story of changes that began in 1803 and that continue today.”
~ U.S. National Park Service
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service, is more than 4,900 miles long, traversing sixteen states and many tribal lands, along the historic route of the expedition. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail was designated by Congress to commemorate the 1803 to 1806 Corps of Discovery expedition through the identification; protection; interpretation; public use and enjoyment; and preservation of historic, cultural, and natural resources associated with the expedition and its place in U.S. and tribal history. This epic journey contributed significant scientific knowledge and profound political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental changes to the peoples and landscapes of the North American continent.
The Trail has over 6,600 miles of designated auto tour route which provides visitors access to the historic route through rich recreational, interpretive, and educational opportunities. Many segments of Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail retain landscape characteristics and a sense of place as seen and experienced by the Corps of Discovery. The Trail links contemporary authentic communities and cultures, including tribes whose connections span thousands of years, to historic, vibrant and living landscapes. Whether traveling the entire length of the Trail or a short day trip to a small segment, your travel experience can be greatly enhanced by the amazing possibilities highlighted on this website.
A unique virtual experience
A trail starting at Hauser Dam and overlooking the Missouri River.
A part of the Idaho Centennial Trail, the Lewis and Clark Trail can be seen on the north ridge above the Lochsa River. (https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/hiking/centennial-trail/)
A boat ramp to the beautiful Missouri River with a peaceful view of the river.
Embark on a historic trail dating back to August 9, 1805, when Lewis, accompanied by a scouting party, ventured away from the main group. Their mission: to discover a portage and establish contact with the…
The path taken by Chief John Ross on his way to Cairo. (https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=161480)
A breathtaking viewpoint overlooking the Trail of Tears State Park. Car access is available
Here, nine Cherokee Indian groups braved harsh winter conditions while crossing the Mississippi River in 1838-1839, marking a sorrowful chapter in American history. The park also has: shaded picnic sites, hiking and horse trails, opportunities to fish…
Explore the Trail of Tears State Park to delve into a somber chapter in American history. Here, nine Cherokee Indian groups crossed the harsh winter Mississippi River in 1838-1839 during their forced relocation to Oklahoma.…
A boat ramp that allows visitors to access the Trail of Tears
Tucked 35 miles northeast of Pierce, just off Forest Service Road 250, Weitas Campground offers a tranquil escape on the shaded banks of Weitas Creek near the North Fork of the Clearwater River. Accessible via…