Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is the best place to view the Cumberland Gap?
A: The Pinnacle Overlook offers a panoramic view of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia and a view of the Cumberland Gap from above. It is a fantastic place for photographs! The Wilderness Road Trail is accessible from several locations and goes through the historic gap.
Q: Do tours still visit the historic "Cudjo's Cave?"
A: Yes! Gap Cave has gone by many names over the years, including Cudjo's Cave. Tours visit the historic cave throughout the year. Reservations for the tours can be made up to one month in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.
Q: Are electrical hookups available at campsites in the Wilderness Road Campground?
A: Yes. 41 of the sites in the campground have electrical service. 30 amp and 50 amp service is available. Heated showers and water are available at the comfort stations and a dump station is located near the campground entrance.
Q: Can the campsites at the Wilderness Road campground be reserved?
A: Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. On busy, summer holiday weekends sites with electricity may fill. But, for visitors with a generator, sites are always available!
Q: Is camping allowed in other areas of the park?
A: Camping is allowed at designated backcountry
campsites throughout the park. A backcountry permit is required and can be obtained at the park visitor center for free!
Q: Is lodging available in the park?
There are no accomodations in the park. Lodging is available in the nearby towns of Middlesboro, KY; Cumberland Gap, TN; and Tazewell, TN.
Q: Are dogs allowed on the hiking trails?
A: Yes! Cumberland Gap is a pet friendly park. Dogs are allowed on the trails as long as they are on a leash.
Q: What is the best way to see the Hensley Settlement?
A: The historic Hensley Settlement is located in the eastern part of the park and is accessible by hiking the Ridge Trail or the Shillalah Creek Trail. Shuttles to the Hensley Settlement depart from the visitor center daily from May through October.
Q: Are there bike trails at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park?
A: Bicycles can be ridden on approximately 7 miles of park trails. A "Rails to Trails" program and Greenway trail system in adjacent communities provide additional biking opportunities and can be accessed from the park.