Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail: Abingdon to Elizabethton

Abingdon, VA to Elizabethton, TN

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail commemorates the 1780 march of over 2,000 horse-mounted patriots to the Revolutionary War battle at Kings Mountain.

The Rocky Mount chapter of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, in partnership with the National Park Service and local government leaders, are currently developing a Master Plan for the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail from Abingdon, VA to Elizabethton, TN. This study area aims to connect the Abingdon Muster Grounds, Bluff City, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site, and Elizabethton. Several alternative trail routes are being analyzed for feasibility of construction based on factors in the natural and built environments and the willingness of landowners to provide for the trail.

There are eight Planning Sections in the Abingdon to Elizabethton Study Area:

 1. Abingdon to Observation Knob Park

  • Key Connections: Abingdon Muster Grounds, Washington County Park, Observation Knob Park
  • Key Corridors: Wolf Creek, McConnell Ridge

2. Observation Knob Park to Tailwater 

  • Key Connections: Observation Knob Park, TVA Tailwater Trails
  • Key Corridors:  Pemberton Road, Cherokee National Forest at South Holston Lake

3a. Tailwater to Elizabethton: Cherokee National Forest

  • Key Connections: US Forest Service Holston Mtn. Trails
  • Key Corridors: Cherokee National Forest at Holston Mountain

3b. Tailwater  to Sullivan East Schools

  • Key Connections: Sullivan East High School and Future Middle School
  • Key Corridors: Hickory Tree Road, Old Jonesboro Road, Weaver Pike

4. Sullivan East Schools to Bluff City

  • Key Connections: Historic site of Fort Womack, Sullivan Co. & Bluff City OVNHT Trailheads, Downtown Bluff CIty
  • Key Corridors: SIlver Grove Road, Pleasant Grove Road

5. Bluff City to Piney Flats

  • Key Connections: Bluff City Middle School, Piney Flats Community, Mary Hughes Elementary
  • Key Corridors: Indian Creek, Mountain View Road

6. Piney Flats to Watauga

  • Key Connections: Rocky Mount State Historic Site, Town of Watauga
  • Key Corridors: Austin Springs Rd., Watauga River

7. Watauga to Elizabethton

  • Key Connections: Riverside Park, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Future Gap Creek Park
  • Key Corridors: Watauga Road, Eizabethton Linear Path, Tweetsie Trail