Daniel Boone Wilderness Road


  • DesignationState Byway
  • LocationVA
  • Length97 miles
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Daniel Boone Wilderness Road


The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail was the first road over the Cumberland Gap. It was used by Native Americans to connect the Cherokee in the Great Smoky Mountains with the Shawnee in Ohio, naming it “Warrior’s Path”. Daniel Boone was commissioned to open a path (or trace) over the Cumberland Gap. He improved the path to accommodate wagon trains. Over 200,00 pioneers traveled this route from the East to Kentucky. The route starts in Bristol, Virginia and dips into Tennessee briefly before making its way westward along the Tennessee border and through the communities of Gate City, Clinchport, and Rose Hill before ending near the town of Cumberland Gap, TN and the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park near Middlesboro, KY.

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