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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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Warriors' Path

Living historian portraying a Cherokee Indian

For centuries, the Cherokee and the Shawnee traveled through the Cumberland Gap along a game trail known by the Shawnee as Athiamiowee. Although neither tribe lived in Kentucky, both would travel the path in and out of Kentucky which was used as a hunting ground. Bitter enemies, these two tribes regularly attacked one another.

In the 1750's english speakers began referring to the trail as the Warrior's Path. As early settlers and pioneers began to explore Kentucky and beyond, many were killed in confrontations with the indians.

 
war path

The Warrior's Path was a game trail that was used by both the Shawnee to the north, and the Cherokee to the south. This trail was used for centuries by both tribes and by wildlife in the region. As pioneers began to come through Cumberland Gap in the late 1700's the trail became part of what was known as the Wilderness Road.

Did You Know?

Wheelchair Accessible Symbol

Designated sites at the park’s Wilderness Road Campground are fully accessible. These sites feature hardened surfaces, increased fire grate height and wheelchair-friendly picnic tables. Many of the park's other facilities are fully accessible as well! More...