Directions from North to South

These driving instructions will lead the traveler turn by turn down Boone Trace in a north-to-south direction beginning at Fort Boonesborough and ending at Martin Station in Virginia.

1.  Begin at the original Fort Boonesboro site with Sycamore Hollow adjacent. This site can be located by taking the park entrance next to the swimming pool and following the road 0.2 miles to the back of the park.

    NOTE: The fort replica can be visited by traveling 0.4 miles on Hwy 627 from its intersection with Hwy 388

2.  Exit the park turning left onto Hwy 388- 10.2 miles

      - Pioneer gravestones can be seen on the left at this intersection
      - Lisle cemetery at 0.3 miles on the right
      - Hart house foundation at 0.3 miles on the left
      - Lisle house at 0.7 miles back in trees on right
      - Otter Creek will be on left crossing road twice
      - Pioneer cemetery just before railroad crossing sign at 2.4 miles about 200 feet from road on left under large tree
      - The Redhouse at 5.3 miles on left
      - Otter Creek and railroad cross right to left at 6.3 miles and The Trace leavesroadway to the left
      - Boone Trace can be visualized down in valley 1/2 mile off road to left of crest of hill at 7.0 miles

3.  Right on Ky 1986- 0.3 miles

4.  Left at stop light (Hwy 25/421/Robert Martin Bypass/no road sign)- 3.1 miles

5.  Left on Hwy 25/421- 2.3 miles
      - Group markers on left at 1.4 miles

6.  Right at stop light (Duncannon Rd/no road sign/Marathon Gas Station on SW corner)- 0.8 miles

7.  Right on Golden Leaf Blvd (tiny sign or no sign/can identify entrance by brick facade at four-way stop on left)- 0.4 miles

8.  Park at intersection with Cady Dr coming from east
      - Walk on gravel road west opposite intersection 100 yards to marker in clump of trees

9.  U-turn back to Duncannon Rd through four-way stop- 0.4 miles

10.  Left at second stop sign (Duncannon Rd/no road sign/four lane highway)- 0.8 miles

11.  Right at stop light (Hwy 25/421/no stop sign/Marathon gas station on right)- 1.0 miles

12.  Left on Hwy 421 (caution/dangerous turn)- 4.9 miles
      - Pass battlefield on right and view of Joe Lick Knob to the south
      - After passing Kingston, Hays Fork Creek will be on right

13.  Right on Hwy 1016- 0.3 miles

14.  Left on Blue Lick Rd (Hwy 1617)- 3.7 miles
      - Tricky turn at 2.0 miles at intersection with Johnson Rd where Blue Lick Rd makes sharp left turn. Tiny road sign hidden in trees on left

15.  Bear slightly left at stop sign (Shortline Drive) 0.1 mile

16.  Cross Hwy 21 at stop sign and continue straight (still on Hwy 1617)- 1.7 miles

17.  Right on Hwy 595 (Scaffold Cane Rd)- 3.9 miles
      - Cross Brushy Fork Creek bridge at 3.6 miles

18.  Left on Prospect Street- 100 feet
      - Boone Tavern marker will be on right in grassy square in front of restaurant

19.  Left on Chestnut Street- 0.4 miles

20.  Left on Boone Street- 1.6 miles
      - Becomes Slate Lick Rd at 0.3 miles where bridge crosses Brushy Fork Creek and creek remains on the right
      - Pass through tunnel

21.  Left at stop sign (US 25/no road sign but yellow building on left)- 2.1 miles
      - Pass through Boone Gap at 1.4 miles at the Rockcastle County line

22.  Left on McCollum Rd- 1.1 miles
       -TRICKY TURN at 0.2 miles. Bear right as emerge on other side of railroad tunnel
      - Roundstone Creek will be on right

23.  Bear right at Little Clear Creek Rd stop sign- 0.1 mile
      - VERY TRICKY TURN. Keep Fairview Baptist Church on left

24.  Left on Old State Rd- 4.6 miles
      - TRICKY TURN at 1.9 miles (Sinking Valley Spgs Rd from left). Bear right at intersection

25.  Right at stop sign (Scaffold Cane Rd/Hwy1617/no road sign/Roundstone Baptist Church on right)- 0.2 miles

26.  Right just past railroad track- 50 feet
      - Do not go to Wildie

LEAVE BOONE TRACE AT THIS POINT

27.  Left on US 25- 5.4 miles
      - Restaurants and fuel available at Renfro Valley and Mt Vernon (Next available in London, Ky)

28.  Turn left at stop light and remain on US 25- 1.0 mile
      - McDonalds restaurant on SE corner

29.  Left at stop light and remain on US 25 (Wilderness Rd/Hwy 150)- 8.9 miles

30.  Left on Hwy 490 after entering Livingston- 5.5 miles to Trace Branch Rd
      - Cross bridge and remain on Hwy 490
      - Rockcastle River will be on right

31.  Continue on Hwy 490 after passing Trace Branch Rd road sign on right- 8.2 miles

REJOIN BOONE TRACE at Trace Branch Rd

Cross Rockcastle River at 1.5 miles and intersect with the Sheltowee Trail here
Winding Blade Rd marker on right at 5.0 miles on Hwy 490
Mt Carmel Church DAR marker on left at 7.7 miles on Hwy 490

32.  Left on Murray Cemetery Rd (small sign just past Landrum Cemetery on right)- 0.8 miles
      - Look for Wood’s Blockhouse marker at 0.2 miles across Hazel Patch Creek on right (looking southwest)

33.  Left on Hwy 1394- 1.8 miles

34.  Left on Hwy 30- 2.0 miles

35.  Right on Feltner-Steer Rd (Old Hog Rd)- 1.6 miles
      - Stone marker at SE corner

36.  Left at stop sign (Twin Branch Rd/no road sign)- 0.3 miles

37.  Right at stop sign (Hwy 638/McWhorter Rd/no road sign)- 6.4 miles
      - Caution- sharp left turn at intersection with Slate Lick Church Rd
      - Macedonia Church on left at 4.5 miles

38.  Left at Sam Black Rd- 0.9 miles
      - Stone marker at NE corner

39.  Right at stop sign (Hwy 472/Johnson Rd/no road sign)- 0.6 miles

40.  Left on Hal Rogers Parkway- 0.8 miles

41.  Right on Hwy 192- 1.4 miles
      - Cross Hwy 80

42.  Left on Hwy 229- 2.7 miles

43.  Right into Levi Jackson State Park- 0.6 miles
      - Go to back of park

44.  Left at “Boone Trace Clubhouse and Group Camp” sign- 0.2 miles
      - Stone marker of actual dirt trail of Boone Trace visible from parking lot

45.  U-turn back out of park to Hwy 229

46.  Right on Hwy 229 (Barbourville Rd/no road sign)- 2.7 miles
      - Cross Laurel River

47.  Right on Old State Rd just past bridge (tiny sign)- 2.4 miles
      - Continue through stop sign and road becomes Hopkins Cemetery Rd

48.  Right on Walnut Rd (small sign) past Hopkins Cemetery - 0.3 miles

49.  Left on Cherry Hill Rd- 0.8 miles
      - Raccoon Springs on right at 0.3 miles

50.  Left at stop sign (Echo Valley Rd/no road sign)- 0.5 miles

51.  Right at stop sign (Hopkins Cemetery Rd/no road sign)- 1.6 miles
      - Continue through stop sign at McClure Bridge Rd bearing slightly to left
      - Pass Wally’s Pay Lake on right
      - Hopkins Cemetery Rd becomes Hwy 830 at 1.2 miles- continue straight on Hwy 830

52.  Right on Hwy 233- 3.4 miles to US 25E

53.  Cross US 25E (caution- dangerous crossing) and continue on Hwy 233- 2.0 miles
      - Cross railroad track


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54.  Left on Arkle Rd (tiny sign in trees)- 4.4 miles
      - Poplar Branch of Richland Creek will be on right
      - Cross railroad track twice
      - GRAVEL ROAD for 0.9 mile segment, some on slope
      - Pass through tunnel

55.  Right at stop (Emanuel Loop Rd/no road sign/church on right)- 0.1 mile

56.  Right at stop sign (US 25E/no road sign/four lane highway/sign at corner reads: “Mt Pleasant Baptist Church”- 2.0 miles


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ALTERNATE ROUTE TO ARKLE ROAD WITHOUT GRAVEL SEGMENT

57.  After crossing US 25E at Hwy 233 intersection, continue 0.2 miles

58.  Left on Hwy 1232- 4.7 miles
      - Spectacular view on right at about 3 miles

59.  Right at stop sign (US 25E/no road sign/ four-lane highway)- 3.7 miles
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60.  Left on Hwy 2418- 0.6 miles
Trace Branch Creek (another Trace Branch) on left

61.  Left on Hwy 11- 1.3 miles
      - Trace Branch Creek on left

62.  Right on Hwy 3440- 2.9 miles
    - Pass Fisher Cemetery Rd on left which follows Boone Trace and dead ends

63.  Left at stop sign (Hwy 3439/Old US 25/no road sign)- 2.9 miles
      - Continue through stop light and stop sign at Hwy 1304 ( no road sign there)

64.  Just after sharp bend to right, left at stop sign (US 25E/no road sign/four-lane highway/wrecking company on left at intersection)- 2.4 miles
      - Cross Turkey and then Stinking Creek

65.  Left on Hwy 3085 (Flat Lick)- 0.1 miles

66.  Immediate left on Evergreen- 2.2 miles
      - At fork, bear left and do not turn on to Sky View Rd
      - Daniel Boone Park on right at 0.5 miles
      - Bear left at intersection (telephone pole on right)
      - Pass through tunnel near end of segment

67.  Left at stop sign (US25E/no road sign/four lane highway/)- 0.2 miles

68.  Almost immediate left on to Elys Hollow Rd (tiny sign)- 13.7 miles to Wallsend
      - Cross railroad tracks twice
      - Cumberland River will be on right
      - Caution- Abrupt right bend
      - Approaches close to US 25E midway- continue straight and bear left
      - Passes through narrow zig-zag between two concrete pillars at 5.5 miles
      - Continue straight at stop sign where road becomes Hwy 2014
      - Continue straight again and 2014 becomes 2015

69.  Turn sharp right at yellow arrow sign pointing right (W. Kentucky Ave/no street sign)- 0.1 miles

70.  Turn sharp left (yellow arrow sign on right)- 0.4 miles
      - Cross Cumberland River
      - Passes through flood wall

71.  Left at stop light (US 25E/no road sign/four lane highway/)- 8.1 miles
      - Cumberland Ford on left at Hwy 66
      - Narrows Overlook on left just past Hwy 119

72.  Turn right on Hwy 3486- 4.4 miles
      - Yellow Creek will be on left
      - Cross railroad track
      - Continue through stop sign and road becomes Hwy 441
      - Continue through four-way stop at BP station and road becomes 19th Street with cemetery on right

73.  Right at stop (19th Street/no street sign/cemetery on right/Oldest House in Middlesboro (straight ahead on left)- 0.5 miles

74.  Left at Ashbury (no street sign/Alexanders Garage on SE corner)- 0.4 miles

75.  Right at stop sign (15th Street/just past Lincoln HS park on left)- 0.3 miles

76.  Left on Cumberland Ave- 0.3 miles

77.  Right on US 25E- 2.6 miles
      - Cumberland Gap Visitor Center on right
      - Pass through tunnel

78.  Right on Hwy 58 East- 0.5 miles
      - Best view of the Gap at 0.2 miles on left

79.  Left to “Historic Area Cumberland Gap, Tn”- 0.3 miles
      - Can hike the actual dirt trail of Boone Trace at this site

80.  U-turn back to Hwy 58 East- 0.3 miles

81.  Left on Hwy 58 East- 7.7 miles

82.  Left at Wilderness Road State Park (Martin Station)- 0.3 miles to fort on left


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ADDITIONAL POINT OF INTEREST
James Boone Burial marker (Daniel Boone’s son killed on prior trip along Boone Trace in 1773)
      - Turn left out of Wilderness Road State Park on to Hwy 58 East- 1.2 miles
      - Left on Norray Rd (Hwy 684)- 0.1 miles marker along fence line on right

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