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Boone’s Cave Park

Boone’s Cave Park was created in 1909 by the North Carolina General Assembly with the incorporation of the Daniel Boone Memorial Association. Here are a few intriguing facts about Boone’s Cave Park in North Carolina:

  • In the beginning, the size of the park was a mere 5 acres. By 1970, Boone’s Cave Park had spread to over a hundred acres. Its expansion was enabled by the Daniel Boone Memorial Association transferring the land to the state, which turned it into a state-owned park.
  • Boone’s Cave Park is right by Lexington in North Carolina, in Davidson County’s western part.
  • Boone’s Cave Park is named after Daniel Boone, an American pioneer.
  • There are several “Boone’s Caves” scattered across North Carolina, but the one in Boone’s Cave Park is believed to be where 15-year-old Daniel Boone and the entire Boone family hid to wait out their first winter and escape Native Americans. This was in 1751.
  • Before the winter ended, the Boone family and the others in the cave had begun building homes close to the Yadkin River, not far from the cave.
  • It is believed that there was a total of 25 people in the cave with Squire Boone and his wife Sarah Jarman Morgan, alongside all ten of the Boones’ children.
  • Boone cave is 140 feet deep from start to finish. It is a part of the Yadkin River Trail.
  • The Boones had left Pennsylvania with neighbors and other family members to seek a better life in North Carolina.
  • Boone’s Cave Park is popular for its hiking trails, which takes visitors through forests of hardwood trees
  • 46 acres of Boone’s Cave Park is set aside as a Natural Heritage Site. Rare wildflowers that grow only in the Appalachian Mountains can be found within this reserved area.
  • Boone’s Cave Park is also home to the third-largest cottonwood tree in the state. The tree has a height of 169 feet, a 16 feet thick trunk, and a canopy that spans 109 feet.

Driving from Well Doctor in Granite Quarry to Boone’s Cave Park takes about 29 minutes and 20 miles via I-85 N.

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