The 2023, 30th anniversary ride is over!
upload your 2023 photos to see them in our gallery!
If you have photos and/or videos you'd like to share please click here to upload them. This can only be done from a PC... it doesn't work on a phone because Google's interface for phones doesn't provide the option. When you open the link you'll be in a folder titled '2023 ride pics'. to upload your photos, first click on the button that says 'new' then click on 'new folder'. Give the folder a name. the name you choose will be the title of your gallery on our gallery page. we suggest using your name for the title... that will make it easier to direct people to your gallery. Once you've created the folder, open it, then click on the 'New' button again and choose 'file upload'. This will open a file browser window so you can navigate to your pictures, choose, and upload them.
Welcome to the website of the Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride. 2024 will be the 31st anniversary of the Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride.
If you visit the site to learn about the Trail of Tears and the Ride we organize every year to commemorate the trail of tears, read on. this event is the largest motorcycle rally in Northern Alabama and the largest organized motorcycle ride in the world! If your visit here today is to see the recap of the 30th annual ride, you can click here. And be sure to visit the 'Gallery' for the most recent photos provided of the 2023 ride. The 30th annual ride was filled with some challenges (but that's what makes it unique each year), and if you missed it, you'll have to join us in 2024! Because we'll be planning some really special things for the 31st anniversary ride!
The purpose of the ride is to commemorate the event in our history known as the 'Trail of Tears.' The Trail of Tears was part of a series of forced relocations of approximately 100,000 Native Americans between 1830 and 1850 by the United States government, known as the Indian Removal. Members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations (including thousands of their black slaves) were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands in the Southeastern United States to areas to the west of the Mississippi River that had been designated 'Indian Territory.'
the trail of tears annual commemorative motorcycle ride is an extremely important event. the ride does more to bring attention to this tragic event in our history than any other public gathering. The thousands of riders that gather, together with the thousands of citizens of northern alabama, create a spectacle that is captured by local and national news and recognized by State and local officials in 6 states. it is officially recognized by Alabama state leadership and has the support of many native american tribes and support organizations.
Every year tens of thousands of motorcyclists gather in the small town of Bridgeport, Alabama, to pay tribute by riding the official Trail of Tears route and bring remembrance to this tragic event in America's story. This motorcycle event is the largest organized motorcycle ride in the world. It has gathered as many as 150,000 motorcyclists producing a caravan as much as 50 miles long!
The organization that hosts the ride, the 'Alabama-Tennessee Trail of Tears Corridor Association, Inc., works to make this event a fitting remembrance and an enjoyable experience for all the motorcyclists that pay tribute. Here on this website, you'll learn about the history of the Trail of Tears, see the trail firsthand, and feel the brotherhood shared by those who ride it. Join us on these web pages to see the largest organized motorcycle ride in the world and use the information to help you plan to participate. Accommodations, ride schedules, and event information are all here at your fingertips. Join us on the ride-along part of the original Trail of Tears to honor the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole nations.
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There is no requirement to register for the ride. However, suppose you would like to join our mailing list. In that case, we will be able to keep you up-to-date on motorcycle ride events and any changes that may be required to keep everyone informed about hotel or camping accommodations or any other status changes regarding the ride.
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