The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Estatoe Path Was First Major Road In County


Buffalo once roamed in this area.

The Estatoe Path was likely the earliest road through what is today Transylvania County. Long before Europeans ventured into the area, a path was being carved through the valleys between the higher mountains to the north and the lowlands to the south. The path was not one defined roadway, but rather an intertwining network of trails first worn into the earth by migrating animals.

Buffalo, elk, and deer were efficient travelers, taking the easiest route to their grazing grounds and water sources. Wolves and mountain lions also travelled these paths as they followed the herds and hunted....

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