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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.

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?

Hikers on the Sugar Run trail.

Cumberland Gap is an incredible destination for hikers and backpackers... over 85 miles of trails and numerous backcountry camping areas.