Washington County VA

Master plan underway for historic trail from Abingdon to Elizabethton

ABINGDON, Va. - A trail to preserve the region's rich history could soon come to life.

The Overmountain Victory Trail was designated a national trail in 1980, but not all of the trail is accessible by walking and biking. The trail captures the path the Overmountain men took to fight in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

"The kids and adults don't know what happened in their own backyards. This is a way of bringing that history to them," Tom Vaughan said. Vaughan is the chairman of the Rocky Mount Chapter of the Overmountain Victory Trail.

It is a goal of the National Park Service to open up the full 330-mile route. In our area, there is a 40-mile trail up for a master plan to run from the Abingdon Muster Grounds to Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton.

"This trail here would give people here from Abingdon to Sycamore Shoals would give people the opportunity to fall in the footsteps of the Overmountain Men, engage in their history and their heritage. They can be physical and get out and enjoy where they live and their ancestry," Abingdon Muster Grounds Superintendent Leigh Anne Hunter Surber said.

The National Park Service hopes to have master plans completed for the nine sections of trail by 2020. At that point, trail officials will have to map and approve locations through property owners.


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