Lewis and Clark
National Historic Trail Sites
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail was established by Congress in 1978 as a component of the National Trails System. Administered by the National Park Service in partnership with other Federal, State, and local agencies along with private organizations and landowners. The National Park Service working with the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation have designated the following as Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail sites: 

Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas Trail Sites

Camp River Dubois - Hartford, IL
Located at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. A new Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and a monument commemorates the Expedition's winter 1803-04 preparations.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - St. Louis, MO
Located along the St. Louis riverfront. The Museum of Westward Expansion and the 630 foot stainless steel Arch.

The Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center  - St. Charles, MO
The Expedition camped in St. Charles from May 16 to May 20, 1804 while Lewis completed business in St. Louis. The Lewis and Boathouse and Nature Center, located along the banks of the Missouri River has many exhibits and educational programs as well as authentic replicas of the boats the Expedition used.

Katy Trail State Park - From St. Charles, MO to Clinton, MO
This rail-trail along the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad, better known as the Katy route, traces the Expedition's route for 165 miles along the Missouri River from St. Charles to Franklin. Hiking, biking, and interpretive signs.

Arrow Rock State Historic Site - Arrow Rock, MO
Clark noted Arrow Rock in his journal on June 9, 1804. Visitors will fins an interpretive sign and museum exhibits at this Missouri State Park.

Fort Osage - Sibley, MO
Reconstruction of an 1808 fort built under the supervision of Clark when he was the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Louisiana Territory.

National Frontier Trails Center - Independence, MO
This centerís museum exhibits the Expedition as well as the fur trade and other historic western trails.

Fort Leavenworth, KS - Fort Leavenworth, KS
TLewis and Clark passed this site on July 2, 1804 and observed the prominent bluff that later became the site for Fort Leavenworth. The Frontier History Museum presents the military history of the Corps of Discovery and the site provides excellent views of the Missouri River that are indicative of what Lewis and Clark observed on their journey.

Independence Park - Atchison, KS
Interpretive sign about the Expeditionís July 4, 1804 encampment.

There are many additional sites in Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri that are not included on the national list. the following are state web sites that offer additional information on the places associated with Lewis and Clark and the expedition in general.

Missouri Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission
The official site of the Missouri Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission features sites and events in Missouri, links, and additional resources.


The official site of the Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission features sites and events in Kansas, links, and additional resources.


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