The Wilderness Road is an epic saga about the early migration and settlement of America. As the colonies were thriving along the east coast in the late 1600s, settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains remained a challenge for early explorers. Today's travelers along the road will discover historic downtowns where museum homes, artisan enclaves and cultural pearls lay strung along a scenic route through the valley and into the mountains of western Virginia. Bring your group and rediscover what lured well-known pioneers such as Dr. Thomas Walker, Joseph Martin, and Daniel Boone to blaze trail that opened frontier to the early settlers. Today, over 43 million Americans can trace their heritage to the families that migrated along the Wilderness Road. We invite you to blaze your own trail of discovery along the Wilderness Road and relive America's unique history and heritage.
The Wilderness Road: Virginia’s Heritage Migration Route is a cultural heritage tourism marketing initiative presenting the story of early immigration from Philadelphia south along long established migration routes. These routes were know by several names including the Great Wagon Road, the Indian Road, the Great Philadelphia Road and the Valley Turnpike to mention a only a few. There are six routes along the Wildnerness Road Trail. Locations in Botetourt County are included on two routes: the Fincastle Turnpike and Crossroads.