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Where is the best place to find Indian trails in my home state of wva central part Upshur County

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Try any local or state historical societies. There are several state maps for Ohio, though I don't have one handy. There probably is one or more for w.Va.
 

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Look for water sources, creeks streams and rivers, they camped close to water, especially any that are spring fed. They also liked to have wind breaks so valleys that have cliffs or hills to block the winter winds with a water source is what I looked for.
 

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Here in Maryland, the colonists generally used the existing Indian trails for their roads. THEN progress happened and the 20th century folks paved over the Indian and colonial trails and now we have PAVED Indian trails. Not a joke.

Along one wide state road here, there was a colonial road under it. We found colonial artifacts on high spots along a mile or so of the old road. And Indian artifacts in the same areas.
 

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Most ancient indigenous pathways across this whole country have been paved over and are now the major roadways we use today.
 

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Not Upshur drawn map(s) , but a mention of routes on page 27.

Local historical society as mentioned earlier would be a good idea.
Terrain (tree types , open ground prior now grown in ect.) makes it hard to just spot old trails in some areas. Plus time and new loam ect..

Study know trails. For the whys of thier routes. Your area should have had similar movement.
Between waters? Along lines with line of sights? E.-W. , N-.S.? Riverine lower areas?
 
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Look for water sources, creeks streams and rivers, they camped close to water, especially any that are spring fed. They also liked to have wind breaks so valleys that have cliffs or hills to block the winter winds with a water source is what I looked for.
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Not Upshur drawn map(s) , but a mention of routes on page 27.

Local historical society as mentioned earlier would be a good idea.
Terrain (tree types , open ground prior now grown in ect.) makes it hard to just spot old trails in some areas. Plus time and new loam ect..

Study know trails. For the whys of thier routes. Your area should have had similar movement.
Between waters? Along lines with line of sights? E.-W. , N-.S.? Riverine lower areas?
Thanks
 
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Hillbillyhunter2

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Here in Maryland, the colonists generally used the existing Indian trails for their roads. THEN progress happened and the 20th century folks paved over the Indian and colonial trails and now we have PAVED Indian trails. Not a joke.

Along one wide state road here, there was a colonial road under it. We found colonial artifacts on high spots along a mile or so of the old road. And Indian artifacts in the same areas.
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Hillbillyhunter2

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Look for water sources, creeks streams and rivers, they camped close to water, especially any that are spring fed. They also liked to have wind breaks so valleys that have cliffs or hills to block the winter winds with a water source is what I looked for.
Thanks
 

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Here in Maryland, the colonists generally used the existing Indian trails for their roads. THEN progress happened and the 20th century folks paved over the Indian and colonial trails and now we have PAVED Indian trails. Not a joke.

Along one wide state road here, there was a colonial road under it. We found colonial artifacts on high spots along a mile or so of the old road. And Indian artifacts in the same areas.

Most ancient indigenous pathways across this whole country have been paved over and are now the major roadways we use today.
Yep, that was the case. The famous Post Road, running from Boston to New York, hugging the coast of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic coast in RI and Ct., was a well worn Indian trail before it became the Post Rd.

Southern New England 17th century Indian trails and villages.

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Here in Maryland, the colonists generally used the existing Indian trails for their roads. THEN progress happened and the 20th century folks paved over the Indian and colonial trails and now we have PAVED Indian trails. Not a joke.

Along one wide state road here, there was a colonial road under it. We found colonial artifacts on high spots along a mile or so of the old road. And Indian artifacts in the same areas.
Sad but true…I live on a state rd that was once known as “Warrior’s Path”, it was a Lenape trade route. Paved in the early 1900’s. Artifacts can be found along sides of the road sometimes.
 

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