Overland Migration Routes

The most used overland migration routes were:

Boston Post Road-a mail trail between Boston and New York in the 17th century.

Braddock’s Road- military trail  that was the first overland route through  the Allegheny Mountains.

California Trail: this trail and the Oregon Trail ran side by side until it crossed the Rockies.

Fall Line Road-from Pennsylvania and Maryland to the Carolinas before 1750’s.

Forbes Road- military road from Harrisburg to Fort Dusquesne during the French and Indian War.

Great Valley Road-road used to migrate to western Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee in colonial America.

King’s Highway-old post routes that traveled from Maine to Georgia.

Mohawk Trail-main route for traveler’s making their way west.

Mormon Trail-Mormon’s traveled this 1,400 mile route from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah between 1847 and 1869.

Natchez Trace-only route to Old Southwest that ran from Lexington, Kentucky to Natchez, Mississippi before 1806. 

National Road-ran from Wheeling, West Virginia to Vandalia, Illinois but railroad eliminated the need for it. Also known as the Cumberland Trail or National Pike.

Oregon Trail-pioneers from Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois traveled 2,000 miles from Independence, Missouri to the Columbia River area of Oregon from 1841 to 1869.

Upper Road-route from Fredericksburg to the Carolinas.

Wilderness Road-route traveled through Kentucky and the lower Ohio Valley.

Zane’s Trace-settlers used this to cross the Ohio River.

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