Description - The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) follows the Revolutionary War route of Patriot militia men from Virginia, today's eastern Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to the battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina, site of the Kings Mountain National Military Park.
The OVNHT is part of the National Trails System. While there are hiking segments, the primary public access is by car over the commemorative motor route.
- The trail may be followed from Abingdon Virginia, as described, or in reverse starting from Kings Mountain National Military Park.
Virginia: Begin at OVNHT Historic Site marker on Colonial Road, travel to U.S. 11 east to Virginia 75, follow south to Tennessee line where Va. 75 becomes Tennessee 44.
Tennessee: At the Virginia line, follow Tennessee 44 south to U.S. 421. Proceed north on 421 to Bristol. Turn left on State Street and continue to U.S. 11/19. Go south until U.S. 19E turns left toward Elizabethton. Follow U.S. 19E south to U.S. 321 in Elizabethton. Turn right and follow U.S. 321 south past Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site to Gap Creek Road (Tennessee). Turn left and follow Gap Creek road south past the junction with Tennessee and continue south to U.S. 19E. Turn right and follow U.S. 19E south to the North Carolina line.
Tennessee border to Morganton, North Carolina: From the Tennessee line, continue south on U.S. 19E through Avery County to Spruce Pine. Turn left onto North Carolina 226. Follow NC 226 east across the Blue Ridge Parkway into Marion. Go east on U.S. 70 toward Morganton. Turn left onto North Carolina 126 toward Morganton. In Morganton, turn right on North Carolina 181 and proceed east, joining with U.S. 64 at Sanford Drive.
From Elkin to Morganton, NC (Wilkes-Surry Segment): Begin in Elkin on North Carolina 268. Proceed west through North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro to U.S. 321 near Lenoir. Turn left and follow U.S. 321 to U.S. 321A. Turn right and follow U.S. 321A south to the North Carolina 18 bypass in Lenoir. Turn right and follow North Carolina 18 south to Morganton. At Sanford Drive, turn right. Follow Sanford Drive to North Carolina 181. At NC 181, turn left onto U.S. 64 and NC 181 to join the main route on U.S. 64.
Morganton, NC to South Carolina: In Morganton, follow U.S. 64 west (Victory Trail) to Rutherfordton. In Rutherfordton, turn left on U.S. 221 south past the courthouse to North Carolina 108. Turn right and left soon after. Follow NC 108 past the Rutherfordton Elementary School and the hospital. Continue on NC 108 south towards Columbus and Tryon. At Mill Springs, turn left on NC 9 and proceed south. At the fork proceed left towards Chesnee, leaving NC 9 (which continues to Spartanburg).
South Carolina: From NC 9, follow a series of road changes that form a continuous route toward South Carolina 11: NC 1343, NC 1102, SC 58, SC 73. At SC 11, turn left and proceed east toward Chesnee. At the water tower just outside Chesnee, turn left on Tank Road (SC 101 and SC 146) and continue through a residential area and carefully across U.S. 221 to SC 144.
Turn left on SC 146 and continue to a dead end at SC 11. Turn left on SC 11 and continue east past the Cowpens National Battlefield towards Gaffney. Cross over Interstate 85. Turn left at North Carolina 18 and proceed north toward Shelby. When NC 18 turns left to cross Interstate 85, continue straight ahead on South Carolina 329 to U.S. 29. Turn left and follow U.S. 29 north to South Carolina 30. Turn right and follow SC 30 to South Carolina 207. Turn right and continue past Cherokee Ford back to SC 30. Turn right and continue to South Carolina 5. Turn right and follow SC 5 to South Carolina 66. Turn left and follow SC 66 to South Carolina 21. Turn right and go past the Antioch Baptist Church to the junction with South Carolina 216. Go right and follow SC 216 into Kings Mountain National Military Park. Turn left into the Visitors Center where the trail ends.
Recreation - The primary activity along the Overmountain Victory NHT is auto touring, although there are also several hiking segments. Additional activities available along the OVNHT vary with each state and trail segment within the state. The activities listed are found along some segments of the trail and are not available everywhere. These activities include camping, fishing, nature walks, swimming, boating, biking, climbing, horseback riding, kayaking, whitewater rafting, bird watching, and even scuba diving and snorkeling. During winter months, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are possible in certain locations.
Climate - The climate varies greatly along this long trail.
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail stretches approximately 220 miles from Abingdon, Virginia, through East Tennessee, over the high mountains of North Carolina, across the piedmont of North and South Carolina, to Kings Mountain National Military Park. A 70-mile branch from Elkin, North Carolina, joins the main route at Morganton, North Carolina. No route is designated in Georgia.