Warrior Path

"PATH OH THE AMERINDS"

Submitted by Phyllis Slater.

The Warrior Trail passes through Marshall County. It is an established trail made many years ago by the Indians of this area as they trod by foot between the Monongahela River in Southwestern Pennsylvania near Greensboro and Flint Ridge, near Newark, Ohio where they got their supply of flint.

The trail is unique in that it does not cross a single stream of water. It stays at an approximate elevation of 1400 feet, on a succession of ridges which provides the quickest route of travel between these points. By traveling this trail the people could walk to and from Ohio and Pa. without getting their feet wet. There are clear indentations along the trail having been made by countless feet over a long period of time.

While most Indian trails followed the streams since they traveled with their families and depended upon game, fish, food and water thely made their camps along the water. But this trail stays high above the streams, upon a continious ridge extending from the Monongahela River at Greensboro to Cresap on the Ohio River. This in itself is unique.

In 1965 a hiking club was organized in Pennsylvania to restore this trail and they have built the trail, marked it well with posts every mile and built shelters and picnic areas along the way. The trail covers 45 1/2 miles in Pennsylvania across the country, up and down the ridges and in the hollows. Permission has been gained from land owners for the hikers to cross their land and some of the owners even keep up the shelters on their land.

In 1970 they crossed the state line into West Virginia and joined up with the Hoof and Mouth club of Moundsville and it is hoped they can join up with a club in Ohio and complete the trail to Flint Ridge. To the Ohio River the trail is 67 miles in length. Some of the ridges along this trail are Nauvoo, Sally's Backbone, Maggoty and Goshorn, to name a few.

Source: Tri-County Researcher, 1978.

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