Wilderness Road State Park is just about the farthest western point in the state of Virginia. The park lies astride the Wilderness Road, a route carved by Daniel Boone in 1775. The route, which followed a buffalo trace, opened America’s first western frontier.
Overlooking the park are the White Rocks, a ridge of 500 foot sandstone cliffs overlooking Powell Valley. Follow this link to see an image of these gorgeous sandstone cliffs from the air.
The park is also home to a small herd of buffalo. It broke my heart a bit to see them behind an electric fence. I tried hard to capture an image that did not include the fence, but no such luck. These impressive animals seemed sad to me, so I have to confess that I was glad when one of them stomped a foot and showed anger when I got a bit too close.
The park also features a replica of Martin’s Station, a colonial frontier fort that was on this site in 1775.
State Parks are the perfect way to combine the beauty of nature and a love of history.