Daniel Boone's Trail

By collaborating partner organizations: Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association. Inc., North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Trail, Inc., Friends of Boone Trace, Inc., and Boone Trace Project

This "trail" connects sites significant to the life of Daniel Boone, in particular those associated with his marking of Boone's Trace in 1775.

As of February 2015, this online presentation is still under construction. More information is being added continually, but enough is available here to make this presentation available to and useful to the public. Check back again to see more.

The name, "Daniel Boone's Trail," is taken from the commemorative effort undertaken by the Daughters of the American Revolution from 1913-1915. They placed 50 cast iron plaques across 400 miles through four states: North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. That effort is recounted in the 2012 book "Trailing Daniel Boone--Daughters of the American Revolution marking Daniel Boone's Trail, 1912-1915" by Randell Jones.

At the centennial of that historic commemorative effort, it seems appropriate for the commemorators active in those four states to collaborate in this joint effort to share with 21st century Americans and visitors from around the world about the history, heritage, and legacy of America's pioneer hero, Daniel Boone.

This is work in progress, reflecting the continual addition of new information and the joining of more established groups and associations who want to participate as partners in creating this educational and informational resource.

Contact can be made with any of the participating organizations or with Randell Jones at DBooneFootsteps@gmail.com or www.danielboonefootsteps.com.

Locations for Tour

1 Boone's Cave

Traditional stories claim that Daniel Boone hid in this cave while being pursued by Indians. That is not likely true, because the dominant tribe of the region at that time, the Catawba, welcomed and eagerly traded with the new settlers. But, Daniel…

2 Historic Bethabara Park

Daniel Boone arrived in North Carolina with his parents in 1752. He was 18. The Moravians migrated into the area the following year establishing Bethabara. When Daniel's younger brother, Israel, was ill with consumption (i.e., tuberculosis),…

3 Old Salem Museum and Gardens

Salem was established by Moravian settlers in 1766 after 13 years living in Bethabara and seven years in Bethania. Those communities were farming communities and then continued as such. Salem was to become a community of artisans and craftsmen and…

4 Graves of Daniel Boone's Parents

Squire Boone and Sarah Morgan Boone, the parents of America's pioneer hero, Daniel Boone, are buried in Mocksville, NC, at the Joppa Cemetery. This is actually a graveyard as it surrounded at one time the independent Joppa Church. Squire Boone…

5 Fort Dobbs State Historic Site

During the Cherokee War, a sub-conflict of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), settlers in the Carolina piedmont often “forted” for protection at Fort Dobbs. Daniel Boone’s family was among them. Aside from the erroneous claims of Lyman…

6 Wilkes Heritage Museum

Occupying the former 1902 Courthouse for Wilkes County, the Wilkes Heritage Museum interprets centuries of history for this part of the Yadkin River valley, including Daniel Boone, the backcountry patriots on their way to the Battle of Kings…

7 Beaver Creek

In 1766, Daniel and Rebecca Boone moved their family from the Forks of the Yadkin to the Upper Yadkin River, building several cabins in the area. The cabin site along the Yadkin River at Holman's Ford lies beneath the surface of W. Kerr Scott…

8 Grandview Overlook

Daniel Boone ascended the Blue Ridge Mountains along Elk Creek from his cabin at Beaver Creek. Grandview Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway affords visitors a view of the Elk Creek Valley.

9 Boone's Trace at Bamboo, NC

A marker for Boone's Trace sits along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 285. This area is a gap through which Daniel Boone passed after ascending from Elk Creek valley. North of this marker is Cook's Gap, the general name for this area…

10 Boone Cabin Monument

In 1912, William Lewis Bryan, the first mayor of Boone, decided to erect a monument on the site of a hunting cabin in which Daniel Boone frequently hunted on the Blue Ridge Plateau. Although he did get some contributions for the project, he decided…

11 Daniel Boone Statue (North Carolina)

In 1999, Appalachian State University was celebrating its 150th anniversary. An alumnus from Kentucky presented the school with this bronze statue of Daniel Boone in camp with his hunting dogs. The sculpture was modeled and cast by Sherry Edwards,…

12 DAR marker at Zionville, NC

In 1913, Lucy Patterson placed 13 cast iron markers in northwest North Carolina as the first part of the DAR's effort to mark Daniel Boone's Trail. The marker at Zionville was placed in October after a dedication ceremony in Boone for…

13 DAR marker at Butler, Tennessee

In 1914, Mary Boyce Temple placed nine cast iron markers across the northeast corner of Tennessee. In mid-August, probably Sunday, Aug. 16, she placed one in the grave yard at the Baptist Church in Butler. After World War II, the Tennessee Valley…

14 DAR marker at Elizabethton, Tennessee

In 1914, Mary Boyce Temple placed nine cast iron markers along Daniel Boone's Trail in northeast Tennessee. This one along Elk Avenue was dedicated on August 15.

15 Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

The history of Fort Watauga and the overmountain settlement around Sycamore Shoals is interpreted today at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, TN. The complex includes a replica of Fort Watauga, a visitor center with new exhibits…

16 DAR marker at Watauga

In 1914, Mary Boyce Temple placed nine cast iron markers across northeast Tennessee to mark Daniel Boone's Trail. On August 15, she dedicated the marker in the town of Watauga with the interest of a large crowd gathering after a long day of…

17 DAR markers at Austin Springs

In 1914, the Tennessee Society, Daughters of the American Revolution erected nine cast iron tablets to commemorate "Daniel Boone's Trail" though the northeast corner of that state. One marker was placed at Austin Springs along the…

18 Rocky Mount Museum Historic Site

Nearby that beautiful marker is the Rocky Mount Living History Museum in Piney Flats, Tennessee. The museum includes the farmstead of William Cobb from the 1770s. The Cobb home served as the seat of government and residence of Governor William Blunt…

19 Reedy Creek, Sullivan County

In March 1775, Daniel Boone departed the Long Island of the Holston, in today's Kingsport, TN, along with 30 axe men to begin marking a trail for others to follow into the Kentucky lands across the Cumberland Gap. He departed on this expedition…

20 Kingsport

Kingsport, Tennessee, is home to several sites of interest for Daniel Boone. The Netherland Inn developed along a later stage road and serves as the trailhead of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail. At the Netherland Inn is a cabin, relocated to this…

21 Moccasin Gap

Passage through the Clinch Mountains was through Moccasin Gap, a water gap, where Moccasin Creek flowed south into the North Fork Holston River. Daniel Boone and the axemen passed through this gap in March 1775.

22 1914 DAR marker in Gate City

In 1914, the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a marker for "Daniel Boone Trail" at the Scott County Courthouse. Elizabeth Preston Gray of Bristol, VA, was in charge of the project for the Virginia Society, NSDAR. She was a member…

23 Natural Tunnel State Park

Natural Tunnel State Park includes the railroad tunnel along Stock Creek which was enlarged from the "natural tunnel" that originally pierced through the mountain. Daniel Boone and the 30 axemen marking Boone's Trace in 1775 came up…

24 The Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel State Park

The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association built a replica blockhouse around which to interpret life on the frontier of southwest Virginia during the late 18th century. The structure helps recall the Anderson Blockhouse along the Holston River at…

25 Duffield, Virginia

Duffield was known during the pioneer era as "Little Flat Lick" for a salt spring in the area. And from this open area, visitors can see a notch in Powell Mountain. This is Kane Gap, the pass through which Daniel Boone and the axemen…

26 DAR marker at Jonesville, VA

In 1914, Elizabeth Preston Gray, of Bristol, placed nine cast iron tablets along Daniel Boone's Trail. This marker was placed at the courthouse for Lee County in Jonesville. This was not the actual route followed by Boone, but Ms. Gray…

27 Martin's Station at Wilderness Road State Park

A replica of Martin's Station provides an impressive venue for historical interpretation and reenactments of life on the Virginia frontier in the late 18th century. Joseph Martin was building the fort in 1775 when Daniel Boone and the axemen…

28 Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Founded as a national park in 1959, Cumberland Gap NHP protects and interprets the geological and cultural history of this natural pass through the barrier scarp of the Cumberland Mountains.

29 Cumberland Ford

Twenty miles north of Cumberland Gap, the Boone Trace crossed the Cumberland River at a shallow ford at today's Pineville. The Cumberland Ford is about 500 feet north (downstream) of the bridge for Kentucky Hwy 66. The Thomas Walker Narrows…

30 Old Flat Lick (Daniel Boone Memorial Park)

Old Flat Lick is the historic point where three trails (Wilderness Road, Boone’s Trace, and Warrior’s Path) merged to follow Yellow Creek toward Cumberland Gap. Daniel Boone Memorial Park commemorates this spot today along Evergreen Road at Old…

31 Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park

Defeated Camp and Boone Trace remnant A remnant of the Boone Trace runs through Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park near the McHargue’s Water Mill. Nearby are the mass graves for 24 of the McNitt Party, pioneers killed by Shawnee warriors…

32 Old Hazel Patch

Old Hazel Patch was a campsite at the conjunction of two old paths, Boone Trace and Skagg’s Trace. A historical marker for “The Hazel Patch” is on KY 490 about six miles east of US 25E. A marker placed in 1942 sits nearby on private property in…

33 Livingston

In Rockcastle County, US 25E runs through Livingston and is called the South Wilderness Road. In the center of town, a historical pedestal marker, placed by the Rockcastle Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in 2012,, shares about the…

34 Boone Gap

US 25 crosses from Rockcastle County into Madison County at Boone Gap. This crest divides the waters of the Rockcastle River basin from the Kentucky River basin. The DAR placed a marker here in 1915. With an inscription in the concrete base on…

35 Berea

In 1915, the Kentucky DAR placed a cast iron tablet across the street from the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel to commemorate the Boone Trace. Today that marker remains at the corner of Main Street South and Prospect St. in Berea. (This marker is one of…

36 Daniel Boone Statue (Richmond)

A statue of Daniel Boone stands on University Drive beside the Crabbe Library on the campus of East Kentucky University in Richmond. It was cast in 1967 from the 1892 sculpture by Enid Yandell. The first casting from the same sculpture stands in…

37 Twetty's Fort

Before dawn on March 25, 1775, Boone’s party was attacked by Shawnee warriors. Some axe men were killed, others wounded. Boone and the men fought off the attackers and then hurriedly built small cabins to protect themselves over the following week…

38 Fort Boonesborough State Park

Fort Boonesborough State Park sits along the banks of the Kentucky River at the site where Daniel Boone and Richard Henderson established this new settlement in 1775, but not the first in Kentucky.