Mountain Gateway

At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.


view of Fern Lake as seen from the Pinnacle Overlook

Wild Mountain Scenery

Scenic vistas, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests excite the senses and provide the opportunity to experience the Southern Appalachians up close.

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Rustic log cabin at the historic Hensley Settlement

Life in the Southern Mountains

Hand hewn cabins and pastoral landscapes are showcased at the historic Hensley Settlement, located high atop Brush Mountain.

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Dripstone formations as seen in Gap Cave

Underground Worlds

Beneath the mountains lie miles and miles of subterranean passages. These caves are dark, wet worlds with geologic formations and strange animals.

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