Wilderness Road Heritage Highway
Length: 93.8 mi / 151.0 km
Time to Allow: Two hours to drive or two days to visit places along the way
The Wilderness Road Heritage Highway is an important historic route and was crucial in the West's settlement and during the Civil War. Today places like Cumberland Gap National Historic Park preserve that history. The route also leads to Renfro Valley, the famous country music venue, as well as Berea, Kentucky's crafts capitol.
Visitors come to the Wilderness Road Heritage Scenic Byway for a variety of reasons, but perhaps the byway's most compelling feature is the bounty of historical sites along the way. From Native Americans to European pioneers to Civil War soldiers, many cultures have left their mark in the area. You'll have plenty of opportunity to explore the nation's past along this byway
Trace the footsteps of early pioneers and explorers along the Wilderness Road Heritage Scenic Byway. From panoramic views of the Appalachians in the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, to a community culture centered on folk art and mountain music, the byway is packed with reasons to immerse yourself in the woodland culture of the Southeast. Beginning in the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, the byway follows the trail marked by Daniel Boone and traveled by early pioneers years ago. Tap your toes to the mountain music, take a historic tour, or explore a scenic trail on horseback or with nothing but a backpack filled with essentials.
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2-Day Trip: Nature and culture in southern Kentucky
Travel the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway and enjoy scenery, wildlife, and arts and crafts.