Start at the rock with the bronze plaque and follow the gravel road past the game fields. This old road will dead-end at two gates. One is straight ahead and one is to the right. Go around the one on your right. Follow this road to a huge grassy field on the left. Make an abrupt switchback to the left and follow this road. If you reach a gate, you have missed the switchback. The plaque is on the Appalachian Trail. It commemorates a battle during the Revolutionary War between Colonel Ferguson and the frontiersmen. Colonel Ferguson, who was a Loyalist, told the frontiersmen that he would destroy them. So the frontiersmen gathered together people from Virginia, Tennessee and the Carolinas and hiked over 100 miles toward Kings Mountain (part of it was along this trail) where Ferguson and his troops were. Eventually, after a bloody battle on Kings Mountain, the frontiersmen killed Ferguson.
Directions: From Burnsville, NC, Travel east on US 19E for 1.1 miles and take a left on SR 197. Follow this road, passing a cemetery on the left followed by McCoury Rock Church. Take a left soon after this on Roaring Creek Road (SR 1132). The road is not marked, however, it is easy to find. Follow this road which follows Roaring Creek. After it turns into a gravel road, look for a pull-off on the left. In this pull-off, there is a bronze plaque that says "Overmountain Victory Trail."
Elevation: 4,660 feet
Elevation Gain: 630 feet
Distance: 1.5 miles
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