Walk in the footsteps of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone along the Wilderness Trail in Scott County, Virginia.
On March 10, 1775, Boone and his 30 axemen left the Long Island of the Holston blazing some 200 miles of wilderness northwest through Scott County, Virginia through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. This historic trail opened the pathway for thousands of pioneers to proceed west.
Today, you can visit a replica of the John Anderson Blockhouse, where pioneers gathered until they had enough “guns” to make the trek through Indian Territory. Standing high on a knoll overlooking Rye Cove, The Blockhouse is located within Natural Tunnel State Park. The Daniel Boone Interpretative Center is scheduled to open late summer. The Center is near one of the few remaining portions of the original Wilderness Trail—Kane Gap in Duffield. The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association has marked this portion of the original trail up to the top of Kane Gap. The old pioneer “hotel,” described in many pioneer journals is easily spotted along the trail.
Continue your journey along the Wilderness Road by visiting the new Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center located in Duffield Virginia. The new interpretive center overlooks Kane Gap – a visible representation that shows the path settlers once took on their journey west. A satellite location of Natural Tunnel State Park, the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center is a multi-purpose facility with a large conference room, library and museum. The center focuses largely on the story of the Wilderness Road from Sycamore Shoals to Cumberland Gap and the ultimate goal is to educate visitors on the importance of the Wilderness Road and the key role it played in westward expansion.
When you visit the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center, explore the interactive museum, participate in a scheduled program and visit the gift shop for souvenirs and additional information about the history of the area. The new interpretive center is the perfect location to schedule a school field trip or reserve the conference room for a meeting or special event.
Winter hours for the new center are Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are no admission fees for the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center. For questions or additional information, call the interpretive center at 276-431-0104.
Scott County’s history is not limited just to Daniel Boone. In fact, the area has many historical sites such as the Bush Mill, Kilgore Fort, and the Flanary Archeological site. In 1977, an archaeological dig unearthed signs of a palisaded Native American village established some 8,000 years ago.
With strong ties to the Scotch-Irish, Scott County is also a great spot for genealogical exploration. The Scott County Historical Society has an office in downtown Gate City and is open by appointment. Officials at the Scott County Courthouse are also available to help with family history research.
While searching their roots, many genealogists stay at the Estillville Bed & Breakfast in downtown Gate
City or at the Sugar Maple Inn in Nickelsville. Boones Pointe Cabins is also centrally-located for easy access to historical records.
For more seclusion or perhaps relaxation, consider the cabins at Natural Tunnel State Park or Appalachian Mountain Cabins.
A variety of chain drive-thru restaurants are available in Scott County. For more variety, try Burgers ‘R Us or John’s Grille in Weber City. Great short order fare is offered at Campus Drive In, the Hob Nob, Teddy’s and the Duffield Grille. Make sure to grab a real Southern Sweet Ice Tea from Pal’s Sudden Service Drive-in, located in downtown Gate City and the only restaurant to have won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. (This is fast food down to a science.)
For more information or help planning your trip to Scott County, Virginia, please call 276-386-6521.