A great American story starts here.
Daniel Boone was an explorer and the hero of American pioneer history, the preeminent symbol for America’s Westward Movement across its first frontier. The legendary frontiersman first marked an early trail for other pioneers to follow west into America’s heartland during the spring of 1775. This section of America was a vast expanse of wilderness that served as the hunting lands of the Shawnees, who along with the Cherokee people adamantly resisted what they saw as an invasion of their homelands. Over the next few decades and following the American Revolution, hundreds of thousands of settlers of European descent poured into Kentucky along Boone’s Trace, passing through the Cumberland Gap and on to Fort Boonesborough still 120 miles away.
Along this expansion route today, within the Boone Trace Corridor, are a host of recreational and educational opportunities to help visitors connect with the importance of American pioneer history and heritage. At each site, visitors will discover helpful exhibits that tell heroic tales of historical men and women from two and a quarter centuries ago, triumphant in the face of harsh elements and difficult hardships. Exploration of museums, parks, and trails will also reveal a story of the conflict between separate cultures with different ideas of how best to live life with the resources provided by the land. It is the story that directed the earliest development of a new American nation. It is the important story that helped shape our America of today.
Explore the legends of American pioneer history and the Boone Trace here in Kentucky!
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Certified Kentucky Cultural District
Welcome to the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky! Often ranked among the top art communities in the entire United States, Berea...
Pineville is the oldest town in Bell County, founded under the name of Cumberland Ford, because you could cross the river here. Rich in history from the native...
Winchester, the seat of Clark County in central Kentucky since the county was created in 1792, is located at the intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 627, south of I-64. The town wa...
Boone Gap: Located near the Madison / Rockcastle county line U S 25. Part of the Boone Trace Driving Tour.
Barbourville is home to Union College, The Daniel Boone Festival and the site where the first log cabin was built by a settler to Kentucky.
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There's Only One...Cumberland Gap.
Cumberland Gap National Park has a lot to offer: rich history, spectacular scenery, impressive vistas, unique geologic sandstone formations...
Fort Boonesborough Foundation
The mission of the Fort Boonesborough Foundation is to sustain, foster, and promote quality programming at Fort Boonesborough State Park...
The Knox Historical Museum was established in 1987 to preserve pieces of southeastern Kentucky's past. The museum highlights the area's rich heritage. Exhibits include a recep...
While discovering Kentucky's pioneer heritage at Levi Jackson State Park, visitors can relax in a 136-site campground, nestled in open woodland. Utility hookups, a grocery sto...
Visitor Information, maps, and guides for local outdoor recreation. Also home of the Sheltowee Trace Association's main offices.
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