Unicoi Turnpike Trail

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Exploring an Ancient Path

The old trade and war path now known as the Unicoi Turnpike Trail predates written history. Covering approximately 67 miles from Vonore, TN to Murphy, NC, the Unicoi Turnpike Trail allows modern travelers to follow the footsteps of Indians, fur traders, explorers, British soldiers, and others who used this path for centuries. Along the way, historic sites and museums illustrate the role this ancient path played in our nation’s history. The auto trail approximates the original route of the Unicoi Path (see map). To gain a sense of what travel was like on the Unicoi Turnpike in previous centuries, hike on the restored section that runs through the Cherokee National Forest near Coker Creek. Marked with a blue blaze, the trail is 2 ½ miles.

Unicoi Map

Trail Stops

1. Fort Loudoun

2. Tellico Blockhouse

3. Sequoyah Birthplace Museum

4. Chota/Tanasi

5. Tellico Plains

6. Charles Hall Museum

7. Coker Creek

8. Unicoi Gap

9. Joe Brown Highway

10. Murphy

11. Cherokee County Historical Museum

Side Trips

12. Belltown (Cane Creek) Massacre

13. Trail of Tears

14. Hiking Trail

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Historical Background