Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail is a historic route in the U.S. states of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The trail follows the route of the 1780 in the American War of Independence as Overmountain Men called pioneers, who in the west of the Appalachians, so beyond the mountains, lived as a patriotic militia on the battlefield at Kings Mountain in what is now Kings Mountain National Military Park marched.

The route was recorded in 1980 in the National Trails System, developed in the way of special national significance, beauty, or history by the federal government, be preserved and protected. The road network of the trail is about 530 kilometers long, including an approximately 110 -kilometer side route, which leads coming from Elkin at Morganton in the main route. It consists of two types: a long-distance footpath, which is still under construction, and a commemorative route for motorized vehicles ( Commemorative Motor Route ) which mainly follows the federal and state roads and follows on some sections of the historic route of the Overmountain Men.

Only a little over 90 miles of hiking trails are officially been expanded for use by the public, further expansion is being driven. The existing sections have come through agreements with landowners about and often have multiple labels. The official routes are marked by signs with the logo of the trail, the silhouette of a Overmountain Man on a brown and white triangle, or a white triangular flame.

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail is through the combined efforts of the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, local authorities, local residents, local historical societies and the states of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina emerged.


The Trail follows the historic route of Abingdon in Virginia into what is now Tennessee and across the Watauga River to Sycamore Shoals in today Elisabethton. From there it runs along the Doe River up into the mountains and to Roan Mountain and after the steep rise over the ridge of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina to Kings Mountain in South Carolina. The local battlefield is reported as Kings Mountain National Military Park.


In anticipation of the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain, many citizens of the voltage applied to the original route five states have remembered the route and hiked the sections of the trails and highways in the Appalachian Mountains along to the battlefield of Kings Mountain, belonging to the historic route of 1780. Hikers, military history buffs and scouts followed this famous track in many cases and the Boy Scouts of Elisabethton It was also the first the entire march of the Overmountain Men by Elisabethton to Kings Mountain repeated in 1975 and there by Vice President Nelson Rockefeller with a ceremony on the battlefield, the today's Kings Mountain National Military Park, were located near Blacksburg.

Many of the walkers and local residents requested later by the state recognition of the route as a National Historic Trail, analogous to the roadmap of the patriotic Minutemen at the Battle of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution. The supporters of this initiative worked with the representatives of other American routes together to create the now known as the National Trails System trails, and laid later the Congress of the United States a petition for recognition of the trail before. The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail was declared in September 1980, on the National Historic Trail and a little later by President Jimmy Carter - in recognition of the historical significance of the march of the frontiersmen of the Appalachian Mountains to the British in the Battle of Kings Mountain - by federal law to Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail explained. The first historical a distance in the eastern United States was thus established exactly 200 years after the event to which it recalls.