The Western Cherokee settled near here in the late 1700s, and established towns, plantations and the Dwight Mission school. Almost 50 years later, the Trail of Tears brought all five tribes through here by
water or land. Lake Dardanelle State Park is an NPS-certified site of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. It's a great location to learn the history of the Trail of Tears, as this is one of the few location where stories of all five tribes can be told.