Overmountain Men

The footsteps of the Patriot soldiers…

As you have already read, the Overmountain Victory National Historical Trail follows the footsteps of the Patriot soldiers from Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina who rallied together to defeat a group of British loyalists at Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780. This battle marked a turning point in the Revolutionary War and helped pave the way for the American victory at Yorktown.

Reenactments of the Overmountain March were first conceived by three Boy Scouts out of Elizabethton, TN in 1975, who walked all the way from their hometown to Kings Mountain, retracing the same route taken by the Patriot soldiers. Their initiative sparked a renewed interest in the historical trail.

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail was officially established by Congress in 1980, becoming the nation’s first designated Revolutionary War Heritage Trail. The trail is a treasured symbol of American patriotism, bravery, and resilience. It provides a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the past, learn about the present, and inspire the future.

Overmountain Victory