Welcome to the website of the Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride. This year will mark the 29th annual ride that is held on the third Saturday of September every year. This year the ride will happen on September 17th.
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 relocation 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'
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 motorcycling event is the largest 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.’ (attotcai) 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 first hand, and feel the brotherhood shared by those who ride it. join us on these web pages to see the largest annual motorcycle ride in America, and use the information to help you plan to be a part of it. Accommodations, ride schedule, 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, if you would like to join our mailing list we will be able to keep you up-to-date on 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.