FOLLOW IN HISTORY'S FOOTSTEPS
WALK OR DRIVE ALONG THE HISTORIC DANIEL BOONE WILDERNESS TRAILSHOW ME Read Article
Walk or drive in the footsteps of legendary pioneer Daniel Boone on one of the nation’s most historic routes. Formerly a major Native American trading path, in 1775 Daniel Boone and his trailblazers cleared the Wilderness Trail for hundreds of thousands of westbound settlers.
For a modern westward adventure, start the original pioneer assembly point at Anderson Blockhouse and drive to Natural Tunnel State Park. With cave tours, chairlifts, camping, and canoeing, the 850 foot long by 10 stories tall limestone tunnel is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Continuing west, don’t miss “swinging bridge hopping” on foot in Lee County. About a dozen publically accessible suspension bridges swing across several rivers, providing extraordinary scenic views, wildlife sightings, and excitement for all.
When you reach Cumberland Gap, keep in mind you could spend a whole day taking in the stunning overlooks, exploring caves, hiking trails, and touring historic sites. If you have the time, take a ranger led tour of Gap Cave and Hensley Settlement – both are educational and a lot of fun.
Throughout the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail you’ll experience the wild Virginia beauty that has awed travelers for generations. Wear your walking shoes and have your camera ready for a great time exploring this famous American route.