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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • No Cave Tours or Hensley Tours on September 27

    There will be no Gap Cave or Hensley Settlement tours offered on September 27, 2014 due to special Heritage Walk program. For more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Photos of Yesteryear

Early entrance to park

Beginnings of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park fom early postcard.

US Highway 25E was an integral part of the historic Dixie Highway and became a major north-south thoroughfare.

Tourists flocked to see where Daniel Boone blazed the first major westward trail.

Early postcards and photos bear witness to the concentration of visitors staying in "motels" and exploring the newly created park.

 
Early Fern Lake postcard

Old photo of Fern Lake from the Tri-State Peak area. Tri-State Peak is now an easily accesible and popular frontcountry hike.

Fern Lake was created in the 1890's to supply the town of Middlesboro with water. The Fern Lake watershed is now part of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Did You Know?

Pioneers cross Cumberland Gap

Between 1775 and 1810 some 300,000 settlers crossed Cumberland Gap and began settling the land west of the Appalachians. These brave pioneers were following dreams of prosperity in the wilderness of Kentucky.