Revolution to TRAILvolution: Making the Overmountain Victory Trail a Reality

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Master Plan

Thanks to support from the National Park Service, Destination by Design (DbD) is developing a 50-mile trail master plan for a section of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail in western North Carolina to link Lenoir, Morganton, and Lake James.

This plan involves traditional trail planning elements such as a site suitability analysis and preferred and alternative trail routes, but also includes a significant landowner outreach and communication program.

The DbD media team developed a promotional video that highlights the significance of this trail and makes a direct appeal to landowners along the corridor. Go to or click below to see the video.

YouTube video

After identifying alternative trail routes, 140 landowners were recently invited to a series of special landowner workshops that included a showing of the video. Landowners then shared their sentiments, ideas, and concerns regarding the proposed trail routes. With this information, DbD will alter the proposed routes and help our clients determine where best to focus their efforts.


The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail is 330 miles in length and includes portions of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The trail commemorates the significance of the patriot militia that marched over the Appalachian Mountains to defeat the Loyalist army at the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780.

This is a joint project among the National Park Service, Caldwell County, Burke County, City of Lenoir, City of Morganton, Town of Gamewell, and Caldwell County Pathways.