US Migration Trails and Roads

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Trails and Roads

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Chronological List of Major Historic Trails and Roads Used in the Settlement of the United States
Name Date Opened Usual Origin Usual Destination
Great Indian Warpath (Seneca Trail) pre-historic Mobile, Alabama Roanoke, Virginia and New York
Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Chihuahua Trail) 1598 Mexico City, Mexico Santa Fe, New Mexico
King's Highway (Boston Post Road) 1650/1735 Boston, Massachusetts Charleston, South Carolina
Albany Post Road 1669 New York City, New York Albany, New York
Camino Real de California 1683 San Bruno, Mexico Sonoma, California
Camino Real de los Tejas (Old San Antonio Road) 1690s Guerrero, Mexico Natchitoches, Louisiana
Fall Line Road 1735 Fredericksburg, Virginia Augusta, Georgia
Natchez Trace before 1742/ 1796/1801 Natchez, Mississippi Nashville, Tennessee (1796 Maysville,Kentucky)
Unicoi Trail (Unicoi Turnpike) pre-Colonial, setters 1795 Charleston, South Carolina Knoxville, Tennessee
Catawba Trail Saluda Gap, South Carolina Knoxville, Tennessee
Great Valley Road 1744 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Augusta, Georgia
Upper Road 1750s Fredericksburg, Virginia Greenville, South Carolina
Braddock's Road 1755 Fort Cumberland, Maryland Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Forbes Road 1759 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wilderness Road 1775 Bristol, Virginia Boonesborough/Louisville, Kentucky
Avery's Trace (Nashville Road) 1787 Knoxville, Tennessee French Lick (Nashville), Tennessee
Zane's Trace 1796 Wheeling, (West) Virginia Maysville, Kentucky
Maysville Turnpike 1796 Nashville, Tennessee Maysville, Kentucky
Federal Horse Path 1805 Milledgeville, Georgia Mobile, Alabama
Georgia Road or Federal Road 1805/1819 Savannah/Athens, Georgia Knoxville, TN, or Nashville, TN, or Huntsville, AL
Jackson's Military Road 1814/1816 Nashville (Columbia), Tennessee New Orleans (Madisonville), Louisiana
National Road (Cumberland Road) 1818/1839 Cumberland, Maryland (later Baltimore) Vandalia, Illinois (later Jefferson City, Missouri)
Santa Fe Trail 1821 Franklin, Missouri Santa Fe, New Mexico
Old Spanish Trail 1830 Santa Fe, New Mexico Los Angeles, California
Oregon Trail 1841 Independence, Missouri Oregon City, Oregon
California Trail 1841 Independence, Missouri Sacramento, California
Mormon Trail 1846/1847 Nauvoo, Illinois Salt Lake City, Utah
Mormon Trail to Southern California 1848 Salt Lake City, Utah Los Angeles, California
Butterfield Overland Mail 1857 Memphis, Tennessee, or St. Louis, Missouri San Francisco, California
Central Overland Trail 1859 Salt Lake City, Utah Carson City, Nevada
Bozeman Trail 1863 Fort Laramie, Wyoming Virginia City, Montana

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Many other US Migration Trails and Roads.

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There were several major migration trails across the United States, and many shorter state or regional paths of migration. Some of the better-known trails our ancestors may have followed are: