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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • 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.

  • Back the Bears!

    Support the park's "Back the Bears" campaign and help keep our bears wild and safe! More »

  • 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.

For Teachers

interactive cd for teachers

Interactive cd for teachers

Experience the story of westward movement firsthand through the interactive cd Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap.

Each chapter of this multimedia "tool kit" leads students and teachers on a journey through early American history. Early westward movement comes alive through video clips, games, maps, and numerous hands-on activities! Meet the indentured servant, the Native American, the pioneer explorer, and learn about the settlement of a new land as told by a woman on the frontier.

All of the material found on the cd is copyright free and can be reproduced for the classroom. These cds are free to teachers!

For more information please call (606) 248-2817.

educational exhibit

History comes alive for students at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

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Educational Programs

For those teachers interested in bringing their class to the park or having a park ranger visit your classroom, please call the park at least three weeks in advance of the requested date.

For more information please call (606) 248-2817.


Numerous park lesson plans are available for teachers. For more information please call (606) 248-2817, extension 1075. These plans will be available on the website soon!

Did You Know?

Fire Pink, a bright red appalachian wildflower.

Although Cumberland Gap is designated a national historical park, 14,000 of its 24,000 acres have been proposed, and are managed, as wilderness.