Aug. 18, 2014. The National Park Service is pleased to announce a guided hike along a certified section of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. A National Park Ranger will lead the guided hike and tell the story of the Overmountain men and their connection to the area. This program will begin at the Mineral Museum and then caravan about 5 miles north to Hefner Gap. The 2.6 mile, round trip, guided hike is free and will take approximately two and a half hours. Remember to bring drinking water and wear appropriate hiking attire including hiking boots. This section of the trail is rated moderate by the National Park Service.
In September of 1780, more than 1,000 backcountry mounted Patriot militia crossed the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains in preparation for their attack against Major Ferguson and his army of loyalists. After passing through the Yellow Mountain Gap near Roan Mountain, the men descended down the North Toe River to Grassy Creek near modern day Spruce Pine where they made camp. From Grassy Creek they marched to Gillespie Gap where the Overmountain Men divided their forces. Campbell and his men marched through Lynn Gap into Turkey Cove and Shelby, Savier and their men marched through Hefner Gap into North Cove. The Overmountain Men were reunited near present day Morganton where they were joined by additional men from Wilkes, Surry and Caldwell Counties. On Oct. 6, while camped in a field that would later be the site of the Battle of Cowpens, the Overmountain Men learned of Ferguson’s location on the top of King’s Mountain. The men headed toward King’s Mountain to fight what would be one of the defining battles of the American Revolution.
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) is part of the U.S. National Trail System. The OVNHT preserves the story of the Overmountain Men, who were Revolutionary War Patriots from Virginia, modern day Tennessee and the Carolinas. The OVNHT follows the route from Abingdon, Virginia, fording the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals through present day Elizabethton, Tenn. and ascending over the steep mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina to the site of the Battle of King’s Mountain. The trail network consists of a 330-mile corridor that connects Abington, Va. to Morganton, NC and an eastern portion that connects Elkin to Morganton, creating a Y-shaped trail. For more information on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail visit www.nps.gov/ovvi.