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8/17/2015 Heritage Cherokee & Beyond
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

On September 1, 1780, British Major Patrick Ferguson sent a threat to Isaac Shelby, a partisan leader of the rebellion. Twenty-three days later, the patriot militia began a 2-week march of determination to confront Ferguson in a battle that resulted in one of the most important patriot victories of the American Revolution.

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, part of the National Trails System, traces the route traveled by over 2,000 Patriot militia from Virginia, present-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia in September - October 1780 to the Battle of Kings Mountain. Today, the route has some designated portions that are available for walking and/or bicycle riding, in addition to a commemorative motor route. For more information on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, visit the web site at www.nps.gov/ovvi.

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail is a unit of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks Group within the National Park Service. The group mission is to protect, preserve, and interpret the significance of the decisive battles where America earned its freedom. For more information about activities please call (864) 461-2828 or visit the park’s webpage at www.nps.gov/ovvi/.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OvermountainVictoryNationalHistoricTrail.