Rider accommodations

the hotel accommodations listed below include those that have been established, with discounts available, by the organizers of the ride. They include a hotel in Cherokee, Nc, where the unofficial ride originates on friday, a hotel in kimball, tn (near bridgeport), where the official ride begins on saturday, a hotel in Tuscumbia, AL (near Waterloo) where the official ride terminates on saturday, a hotel in heber spring, AR, a stopping point on the alan ward memorial ride, and a final hotel in fort smith, ar, the last stop on the route to the choctaw nation museum in tuskahoma, Ok, which is where the alan ward memorial ride will end this year.

for more information about the 'ride before the ride' from bridgeport to cherokee, nc visit here. for more information about the 'ride after the ride', the alan ward memorial ride on Sunday and monday, visit here and here.


Stay with the Ride Leaders at our host hotels
Tell them you’re with the “Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride” for discounts

Quality Inn - US 441 N Bypass, Cherokee, NC (828) 497-4702

Best Western 205 Kimball Crossing Dr Kimball TN 423-837-2478

Cold Water Inn 712 HWY 72 W Tuscumbia, AL (256)-383-6844

Holiday Inn 1350 Southridge Parkway Heber Spring, AR 72543 (501)-887-9500

Hampton Inn 6201 Rogers Ave Fort Smith, AR 72903 (479)452-2000


There are numerous beautiful camp sites near cherokee. Just google it!

Camping near Bridgeport:
Goosepond Colony
Scottsboro, Alabama(256) 259-2884

Camping near waterloo:
There is free camping in Brush Creek Park campground operated by the state. Located on Waterloo Road, 5 miles east of Waterloo, with limited hookups.

Second Creek primitive camp area on County Rd 1 is also free and operated by TVA.

The areas in the Town limits around the lake are primitive with no hookups and campers will be asked to fill out permit paperwork. There's no charge for camping, but the permit is so the Town knows who is camping where for security purposes.

Waterloo has three campgrounds of its own that are free, but no hookups and must register when camping.
Phone:(256) 764-3237

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