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Boone Trace Project

A great American story starts here.

Daniel Boone is America’s pioneer hero, the preeminent symbol for America’s Westward Movement across its first frontier. He first marked a trail for others to follow into America’s heartland during the spring of 1775. This was a vast expanse of wilderness that served as the hunting lands of the Shawnees, who along with the Cherokee 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 route today, within the Boone Trace Corridor, are a host of recreational and educational opportunities to help visitors connect with the heritage of America’s first frontier. Visitors will discover a heroic tale of men and women from two and 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 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.

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Pineville, KY
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...
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Berea, KY
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...
Winchester, KY
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Berea, KY
Boone Gap: Located near the Madison / Rockcastle county line U S 25. Part of the Boone Trace Driving Tour.
Barbourville, KY
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.  This ever expanding&nbs...
Middlesboro, KY
There's Only One...Cumberland Gap. Rich history, spectacular scenery, impressive vistas, unique geologic sandstone formations, underground caverns, and a diverse plant and ani...
Richmond, KY
Fort Boonesborough offers a central location to explore the history of the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Located on the banks of the Kentucky River, campers can enjoy visiting...
Barbourville, KY
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...
London, KY
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...
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