Stepping Again in Time: Nationwide Historic Trails take vacationers again in time, via US historical past

Posted by Jeff in Book Reviews, Hiking News on Oct 18, 2020 @ 6:36 am | 0 comments | Last change: October 17th, 2020

One of the best ways to learn history is to literally follow in the footsteps of those who have been there, says Karen Berger, author of the new book, America's National Historic Trails.

"These are historical routes – a trail version of the national park system," she says. The 19 federally accredited trails range from 54 to 5,000 miles and mostly run through rural areas. This makes them perfect for road trips and socially distant trips.

A good example is the National Historic Trail from Selma to Montgomery. Although the shortest route at just 54 miles, this route is hugely popular with many travelers and takes the famous five-day voting march of 1965 back to the capital of the state of Alabama. The trail crosses Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where the late MP John Lewis and others were beaten by police. On the route, which mainly follows US Highway 80, travelers can immerse themselves in the history of civil rights at visitor centers, museums and monuments.

Another is the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, right here in North Carolina. In the second half of the Revolutionary War, the British were outmaneuvered and outwitted by southern miners who won the decisive battle at Kings Mountain, South Carolina in 1780. The trail follows the route taken by the American fighters known as the Overmountain Men.

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