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Athawominee - The Warrior's Path

Eskippakithiki to Irvine (Station Camp Branch) - 20 miles

Warrior's Path access points

All lands near Eskippakithiki are privately owned and access to Lulbegrud Creek is very limited.

I have no personal experience to offer, but it seems that access to the Red River might be possible.
The area appears to be very sparsely populated.

There appears to be public access to the Kentucky River near its intersection with the Red River.
This would seem to be among the few possible trail access points in this area.


Lodging

Snug Hollow Farm B & B near Irvine

Local Attractions

Natural Bridge State Park is located near Slade, Ky.


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Historical reports as to the route of the Warrior's Path

"Forest History" link


"From Cumberland Gap the Warrior's Path turns north crossing the Cumberland River near the present 
city of Pineville, Kentucky and, continuing north through Flat Lick, it crossed the divide between 
the Cumberland River and the Kentucky River to the head of Goose Creek. Continuing slightly west 
of north, it followed down Goose Creek and, passing close to the present town of Manchester, Ky 
in Clay County, it proceeded northwest to the vicinity of Gray Hawk, Kentucky in Jackson County, 
where it crossed through Sand Gap to the headwaters of Station Camp Creek. 

Following Station Camp Creek it crossed the Kentucky River near the present town of Irvine and, 
continuing west and north, crossed the Red River near its junction with the Kentucky, continuing 
north up Lulbegrud Creek to the vicinity of Es-kip-pa-kith-i-ki (Indian Old Fields). Just north 
of Indian Old Fields (which is about ten miles from Winchester, Kentucky) this famous trail forked, 
one branch turning northeast and, passing in the vicinity of the present day city of Mount Sterling, 
followed Slate Creek to its mouth where it crossed the Licking River near the present-day city of 
Portsmouth, Ohio. From that point, it continued up the Scioto River and on to Lake Erie.

While one branch of this trail turned northeast at Es-kip-pa-kith-i-ki, the other branch continued 
north to the upper Blue Licks where it crossed the Licking River and continued in a northeast 
direction, crossing the Ohio at the mouth of Salt Lick Creek. Just before reaching the vicinity of 
the present day town of Flemingsburg, a third fork took off to the left and ran due north reaching 
the Ohio River at the mouth of Cabin Creek."


Interesting Daniel Boone article mentioning the "Sand Gap" issue


This suggested routing of the Warrior's Path has been revised to reflect that Es-kip-pa-kith-i-ki was
a highly developed agricultural community and travel to and from the Kentucky River would have been commonplace.
Thus the trail would have taken the most direct route,
without regard to path finding creeks (ie. the Lulbegrud Creek or the Red River) or other landmarks.