Clifford Jeffries with the Kingsport Times-News wrote a nice article and feature story about the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail this past week. Thanks Clifford for a nice job and showcasing the new website. This article appeared in The Kingsport Times-News on Tuesday, January 3, 2007

Revamped Web site showcases Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail

Enhanced Web site features photographs of the trail, interactive activities for children, and links to local historical sites.

The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association has offered a road trip for history buffs for years. But the group’s revamped Web site will make it easier for friends of the frontier era to find the historic sites they are looking for along the trail.

The Kingsport Times-News GoTriCities Network is reworking the association’s Web site to make the Wilderness Trail available to those who are used to traveling the information highway.

GoTriCities’ David Cate spoke to the association board recently about the innovations on the new site.
“There’s richer graphics of the trail including photographs of the trail, interactive activities for children, and maps with new features,” he said.

There are also administrative features that allow DBWTA officials to oversee the Web site themselves.

“There is a lot of history involved in this project, and there is a lot more now than a driving trail,” Cate said of the site. “There is a history of the trail, with incorporation of historical sites such as Sycamore Shoals, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Rocky Mount, Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, Moccasin Gap, Netherland Inn, the Wilderness Road Blockhouse, and Martin’s Station Fort.”

There are links to the sites as well as area national and state parks.

The new site also includes a segment called Frontier Kids — an interactive quiz for school-age children.

In Frontier Kids, children answer questions about the trail and the frontier. They will also have an interactive site where students can get information on Boone for essays and homework, Cate said.

“We’re trying to give people some depth, showing them things to do along the way,” he said. “We’re going to promote restaurants that are neat places — places like the Mustard Seed, the Hob Knob.”