There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast.
--Paul Scott Mowrer (1887-1971) journalist and poet
The Overmountain Victory Trail leads visitors through Hampton Creek Cove's rolling pastures. Hikers must open and close various gates as they progress through the cove, a 693 acre natural area east of Roan Mountain, TN. It's a beautiful area with rolling fields and flowing streams and deep woods (along with three hiking trails). This diverse parcel is managed by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in partnership with the State of Tennessee. One hundred of the acres are still used for farming -- and it's a unique experience to share the trail with cows and horses, but they don't seem to mind. The Overmountain Trail is part of the original 330 mile route that was used by the Overmountain Men, a frontier militia, en route to Kings Mountain (SC) where they soundly defeated British loyaltists in 1780. This portion of the Trail eventually crosses the AT at Yellow Mountain Gap and connects with the Roaring Creek valley in NC. Click here for directions and additional information.
I'd forgotten that you'd posted about this location ... I just discovered this area myself, wandering around trying to find a foot trail up to Yellow Mountain Gap from the Tennessee side of the mountain ridge. I was absolutely captivated by the serenity of this cove!
Scene from August, 2010