Hefner Gap

Description

On September 28, 1780, when the Overmountain militia leaders at Gillepie Gap decided to split their forces to descend the eastern face of the Blue Ridge Mountains, colonels Shelby and Sevier took their men by the more northerly route toward North Cove. They backtracked along Grassy Creek and the North Toe River to follow Rose Creek and Little Rose Creek upstream to Hefner Gap (also Heffner). From there they descended over 1300 feet to North Cove where they camped along Hunnycutt's Creek.

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Rose Creek Trailhead at Hefner Gap

Photo by Randell Jones

Hefner Gap (also Heffner) on the Blue Ridge Parkway, provides access to a certified segment of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail along Rose Creek to the North Toe River. [View Additional File Details]

OVTA fires a commemorative volley along the Rose Creek Trail at Hefner Gap

Photo by Randell Jones

The Rose Creek Trail is a certified segment of the Overmountian Victory National Historic Trail. It was dedicated on September 29, 2011. [View Additional File Details]

View of North Cove from Blue Ridge Parkway

Photo by Randell Jones

After crossing through Hefner Gap, the Overmountain militiamen under colonels Shelby and Sevier descended into North Cove along the east side of the ridge rising between Hefner Gap and this overlook near McKinney Gap to the west on the Blue Ridge Parkway. [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Hefner Gap,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed September 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​32.​
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