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The Native American trails were part of a large regional trail network. In many instances they determined the location of the early white settlements as well as the first forts and military roads, many of them later becoming permanent highways. They ranged in width from a mere trail threading the wilderness to paths of a few feet wide in the more open country and generally followed the high ground between the water courses or hills and ridges adjacent to the streams. Trails, traces, and roads, were made to follow along waterways which helped to make travel a lot easier than by foot and less time consuming. Movement by waterways was much easier than walking. In the early days, not everyone had the luxury of owning horses and wagons.
The Lake Trail
Following the high moraine line or the watershed, this trail was the major route beside the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes with a terminus at the crossing named by the French, Detroit.
The Great Trail
The Great Trail lead from the forks of the Ohio (Pittsburgh) through northeast Ohio joining the Lake Trail and on to Detroit.