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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.


appalachian woman in pioneer kitchen

Stories of early Appalachia are told at the historic Hensley Settlement

Early native Americans traveled through Cumberland Gap along a trail known as the Warrior's Path.

Pioneers and settlers walked along the Wilderness Road through the gap in a nation's quest to move westward.

Civil War soldiers from both sides vied for control of the historic gap.

Modern day pioneers settled in the mountains surrounding Cumberland Gap, bringing with them their music, their culture, and carrying on the ways of their ancestors.

All of these stories and more are part of the colorful history showcased at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park!

Did You Know?

Elijah Gibbons cabin at Hensley Settlement

Hensley Settlement is located on a plateau nearly 1,000 feet higher than the Pinnacle Overlook! Ranger-guided tours visit this historic log cabin settlement mid-May through the end of October.