Sugar Run Trail Closed to Horses
The Sugar Run Trail is temporarily closed to horse use due to the number of fallen trees as a result of recent storms. The trail is still open for hikers, but hikers should use caution.
Shuttle to Hensley Settlement
There will be no shuttle or tour to Hensley Settlement on August 10, 2014. Tours on other days will continue to be offered as scheduled. For questions and more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.
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Cave Tour Alert!
White Nose Syndrome is a disease that is killing bats in great numbers and has been found in park caves. While visiting Gap Cave please do not wear or bring anything that has been in other caves. Skylight Cave is currently closed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is the best place to view the Cumberland Gap?
Q: Do tours still visit the historic "Cudjo's Cave?"
Q: Are electrical hookups available at campsites in the Wilderness Road Campground?
Q: Can the campsites at the Wilderness Road campground be reserved?
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?
A: There are no accomodations in the park. Lodging is available in the nearby towns of Middlesboro, KY; Cumberland Gap, TN; and Tazewell, TN.
Q: Is there horseback riding in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park?
Q: Are dogs allowed on the hiking trails?
Q: What is the best way to see the Hensley Settlement?
Q: Are there bike trails at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park?
Did You Know?
Although Cumberland Gap is designated a national historical park, 14,000 of its 24,000 acres have been proposed, and are managed, as wilderness.