The 29 acre park is operated by Meigs County and is part of the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The Memorial is located on a bluff overlooking Blythe Ferry where 9,000 Indians camped several weeks waiting to take the ferry from their native land on a journey of about 1,000 miles. This site has been identified by the National Park Service as a high-potential historic site to interpret the significance of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail authorized by Congress in 1987. The park includes an Interpretive Visitor Center, walking trails and other amenities. The Center will house Interpretive and Historical Displays, a gift shop and a Cherokee Genealogy Library.