Wilderness Road

The trail follows a route taken by frontiersman Daniel Boone in 1775 through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains located near the intersection of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, through the interior of Kentucky and to the Ohio River.

photo: Scenic Cumberland Gap. Photo by National Park Service. Type: Backcountry
Length: 2.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location:
States: Kentucky
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Latitude: 36.720026   Longitude: -83.582201

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Description

In 1775, frontiersman Daniel Boone blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains located near the intersection of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, through the interior of Kentucky and to the Ohio River. The Wilderness Road was steep, rough and narrow, and could only be traversed on foot or horseback.

The trail served as a pathway to the western United States for settlers over the next 35 years. Boone’s pioneering path led to the establishment of the first settlements in Kentucky.

By 1840, use of the Wilderness Road had declined, as advances in engineering had enabled waterway travel via the Erie Canal and through the rivers of the Ohio Valley. Cumberland Gap later became part of the National Parks System, and portions of the Wilderness Road were included in Wilderness Road State Park.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1982

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Dept. of Parks
Capitol Plaza Tower
Frankfort , KY 40601

 

Photos

Scenic Cumberland Gap. Photo by National Park Service.

Scenic Cumberland Gap. Photo by National Park Service.

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