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Near Ewing in Lee County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Maze of Mountains

 
 
A Maze of Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. A Maze of Mountains Marker
Inscription. The Cumberland Mountains on which you stand are only one link in a great chain of ridges and valleys that stretch 900 miles from New England to Alabama. The Appalachian wilderness was a 150-mile-wide wall to settlers looking west in the late 1700s.

Nature provided only three good routes for a mass migration through the maze: the Mohawk valley in upstate New York, the Potomac's passage that linked the Chesapeake to the Ohio valley, and the Gap you see below. For some 300,000 pioneers from the mid-Atlantic and southern states, this was the best road west.
 
Erected by Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 36.314′ N, 83° 40.035′ W. Marker is near Ewing, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Pinnacle Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on the Pinnacle Overlook trail in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Ewing VA 24248, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Named for a British Lord (here, next to this marker); Powell's Valley (a few steps from this marker); Generations Have Enjoyed this View
A Maze of Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, March 30, 2012
2. A Maze of Mountains Marker
Marker in distance (yellow arrow)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Boundaries Settled (within shouting distance of this marker); "This American Gibraltar" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line in Kentucky); Waiting for the Battle that Never Came (about 400 feet away in Kentucky); Pinnacle Overlook (about 500 feet away in Kentucky); Iron Furnace (approx. mile away in Tennessee). Click for a list of all markers in Ewing.
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
View of the Kentucky Side of the Gap image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
3. View of the Kentucky Side of the Gap
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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