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 -
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Frontier Trails Center - Independence, MO
This centerís museum exhibits the Expedition as well as the fur trade
and other historic western trails.
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
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.
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
The official site of the Kansas Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission
features sites and events in Kansas, links, and additional resources.