The gap was on the route of an Indian trail through the mountains. In 1775, Daniel Boone built the Indian path into a road, part of the Wilderness Road between the Great Valley of Virginia and the Alleghenies. This section of the Wilderness Road extended north from the Long Island of the Holston River in Tennessee towards the well-known Cumberland Gap at the boundary of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Moccasin Gap is the more dramatic of only two true, natural gaps in Clinch Mountain, but it is planned to undergo major mountain removal to accommodate a planned highway. The natural appearance of the gap will be altered significantly.
- "Big Moccasin Gap, K-15". Virginia Historical Highway Markers Search. Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
- Big Moccasin Gap, Scott County Chamber of Commerce
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