This year's ride - the 30th Annual!

2022 29th annual trail of tears commemorative ride recap - click here
we always ride rain or shine
Banner for the 30th Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride.

the official ride - 3rd saturday in september

The 29th annual ride is history! click on the link here to visit the ride recap page and get connected to photos from the ride and a summary of how this past year's ride went! Every year the experience is unique!

This Year's special design

This year's special design, printed on all official 30th Annual Trail of Tears commemorative motorcycle ride merchandise is intended to capture the history and spirit of the ride. this special design was produced by our own artist, arissa wheeler. to learn more about the design click here.

this year's ride info

Thursday 9/15/2022
For information about riding to Cherokee, NC with other riders contact Ike Moore or Michael Hutton.

FRIDAY 9/16/2022
Ride from Cherokee, NC
An unescorted ride will be held from Cherokee, NC
Depart at 10:00 AM EDT From the Cherokee indian fairgrounds to Ross’ Landing, 160 riverfront pkwy, Chattanooga, TN.
Leaving from Chattanooga at 3:00 PM EDT and continuing on to Bridgeport. arrive at bridgeport at 3pm cdt.
For more info click here.

Friday evening September 16
Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride® Kick Off Party Downtown Bridgeport, AL.

Kids Bounce House, Food Trucks, Vendors, Concert, Fireworks, $500 Cash giveaways Best Bike award people’s choice 3rd place $50, 2ndplace $100 & 1st $200

at 3PM − Bikes arrive from Cherokee Indian Reservation NC.
5PM − Opening Ceremonies.

Special 30th anniversary kick-off party entertainment to be announced soon! If you haven't signed up for the mailing list please do that so we can keep you up to date about the events that are coming!!

● Door Prize drawings throughout the evening (must be present to win)
For More Info on the Bridgeport Celebration click here.

coming soon

Info TBA

Bridgeport stage

Saturday September 16
Downtown Bridgeport – Bridgeport, AL
Leave 8:00 AM CDT - Riders will start lining up in downtown Bridgeport on Alabama Street at 7 AM CDT and will leave at 8 AM CDT. The City of Bridgeport will close off the downtown streets to line up the motorcycles.

Arrive 10:30 am - Leave 12:00 PM CDT
Redstone Harley-Davidson will have food vendors on site, live music, giveaways & much more!
Waterloo, Official End of the Ride(approx. 90 mi) Arrive 2:30 PM CDT
Keep Left Lane Open for Police and EMS

for more information on the events. For Bridgeport vendor information call: Randall Gibson − 256-608-9542
see the ride rules here!

September 15-17, 2023
• Starting Friday at 8:30 AM Free 3 Day POW WOW
Vendors, great food, arts and crafts, Free Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday Night

Partial Entertainment Schedule:
North Boat Ramp
Indian Festival 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Memorial Walk at 10:00 AM from Bridge to Waterloo Landing
Bama Boys 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Second Chance 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Twisted Country 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brother Big 8:00 PM – Midnight
Sunday Sept 19th
Indian Festival 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
For more info on the pow wow click here
or email for all the events and times!
The City of waterloo's facebook powwow event page is here.

SUNDAY 9/17/2023
See the Allen Ward memorial ride info (below) for details on the Sunday-Tuesday ride to the Cherokee Museum in Tahlequah, OK.

For more info call 678-RIDE-TOT

Rides before and after the official ride

The Allen ward memorial ride west

After the official saturday Ride the organizers and a small group of the devoted leave on sunday morning for points west. This 'ride after the ride' is dedicated to Allen Ward, a long time supporter of the Annual Trail of Tears Ride. The destination of the Ride varies from year to year and often terminates with a visit to one of the 5 tribes in indian territory in oklahoma. For information about Allen Ward and about the ride in general, please click here. to learn more about allen and the memorial plaque that we placed for him at Dequeen, arkansas, please visit the 'dequeen plaque' page.

For information about this year's Allen Ward memorial ride... read on below!

This year's allen ward memorial ride

Sunday september 17th

Meet Sunday Morning at 8am cdt at Sacred Tears monument at spring Park for the UNESCORTED Ride West

The Sunday ride will take us from tuscumbia spring park, where we'll be escorted out of town. The schedule below shows the important schedule and info.
Ride Escorts: Dave Nelson, David Burnett and Mark Swindle

Depart Spring Park 8:00 am CDT Spring Park Road Tuscumbia AL
 Arrive 10:40 East End Grill                
Depart 12:30 East End Grill              
Arrive 4:00pm LaQuinta Inn 504 N Poplar St Searcy AR (501) 278-4200


Monday September 18th

Monday has us leaving the hotel in Searcy headed for Fayetteville
09/18/2023 8:00 Depart La quinta, searcy, ar
Arrive 2:00 Hampton Inn 915 Krupa Dr., Fayetteville, ar


Tuesday September 19th

Tuesday morning we leave the hotel in fayetteville headed for the cherokee museum in tahlequah.

09/19/2023 8:00 am Depart Hampton Inn Fayetteville
Arrive 10:15 Cherokee Museum (21192 S Keeler Dr., Park Hill, OK)


The museum visit concludes the Allen Ward Memorial Ride.

If you haven't already made plans to continue onto Oklahoma this year you will be missing a fantastic experience! the cherokee will be welcoming us and providing us with a small ceremony.

rides before the official ride

Billy & Pam Burns Memorial Ride - Benge Route to join 30th Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride in Bridgeport AL

Montgomery, AL - Bridgeport Ride
Friday, September 15th 9am
assemble at 8 AM and leaving at 9:00, Harley Davidson of Montgomery 655 North Eastern Blvd Montgomery, AL 36117

11:00 AM Leaving and stopping at Roebuck Shopping Center in Birmingham and
11:30 PM - Leaving Birmingham Roebuck Shopping Center and
Stopping at DeKalb County Tourism on AL Hwy 35 in Fort Payne and
1:30 PM - Leave DeKalb County Tourism to arrive at the Bridgeport exit off HWY 72 to join the Riders from Cherokee NC at 2:45 PM & arrive in Bridgeport, AL at 3 PM.
3 PM - Bridgeport exit off HWY 72- Ride into downtown for the Kickoff Rally.

For more information contact
Dennis Johnson email or call (334) 202-4389.

louis hutton memorial Ride from san antonio TX to cherokee, nc

on the monday before the trail of tears ride a group of christian fellowship riders leaves from san antonio, texas to travel across the states and arrive in cherokee, nc on the friday before the ride. on Thursday this group usually leaves from tellico plains, tn, and takes a ride up the cherohala skyway and then up through the smoky mountains on the way to cherokee, nc. These texas riders usually also take in the 'tail of the dragon' in north carolina. yeehaw!

to learn more about the louis hutton memorial ride click here.

if you are interested in joining this group in san antonio or anywhere along the route please contact michael hutton. or call 703 638 4724.

Next: The history of the Ride