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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • Cumberland Gap Tip Line

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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.

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Ferns and Fern Allies Known to Occur in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Taxonomic organization and nomenclature as used by the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Plants Database at http://plants.usda.gov/

Division Lycopodiophyta – Lycopods

Family Lycopodiaceae -- Clubmoss family

Huperzia lucidula (Shining clubmoss)

Huperzia porophila(Rockclubmoss)

Lycopodium digitatum (Fan clubmoss)

Lycopodium obscurum (Rare clubmoss)
Lycopodium tristachyum (Deeproot clubmoss)

Division Pteridophyta – Ferns

Family Aspleniaceae -- Spleenwort family

Asplenium montanum (Mountain spleenwort)

Asplenium pinnatifidum (Lobed speenwort)

Asplenium platyneuron (Ebony spleenwort)
Asplenium resiliens (Blackstem spleenwort)

Asplenium rhizophyllum (Walking-fern spleenwort)
Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wallrue)
Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort)

Family Blechnaceae -- Chain Fern family

Woodwardia areolata (Netted chainfern)

Family Dennstaedtiaceae -- Bracken Fern family

Dennstaedtia punctilobula (Eastern hayscented fern)

Pteridium aquilinum (Bracken fern)

Family Dryopteridaceae -- Wood Fern family

Athyrium felix-femina ssp. asplenioides(Asplenium ladyfern)

Cystopteris bulbifera (Bublet bladderfern)

Cystopteris protrusa (Lowland bladderfern)

Deparia acrostichoides(Silver false spleenwort)

Dryopteris goldiana (Goldie's woodfern)

Dryopteris intermedia (Intermediate woodfern)

Dryopteris marginalis (Marginal woodfern)

Diplazium pycnocarpon (Glade fern)

Onoclea sensibilis (Sensitive fern)

Polystichum acrostichoides(Christmas fern)
Woodsia obtusa (Bluntlobe cliff fern)
Woodsia appalachiana (Appalachian cliff fern)

Family Lygodiaceae -- Climbing Fern family

Lygodium palmatum (American climbing fern)

Family Ophioglossaceae -- Adder's-tongue family

Botrychium virginianum (Rattlesnake fern)
Botrychium dissectum (Cutleaf grapefern)

Ophioglossum pycnostichum (Southern adderstongue)

Family Osmundaceae -- Royal Fern family

Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon fern)

Osmunda claytoniana (Interrupted fern)
Osmunda regalis (Royal fern)

Family Polypodiaceae -- Polypody family

Pleopeltis polypodioides ssp. michauxiana(Resurrection fern)

Polypodium virginianum (Rocky polypody)

Family Pteridaceae -- Maidenhair Fern family

Adiantum pedatum (Northern maidenhair)

Cheilanthes alabamensis (Alabama lipfern)
Cheilanthes lanosa (Hairy lipfern)

Pellaea atropurpurea (Purple cliffbrake)

Family Thelypteridaceae -- Marsh Fern family

Thelypteris hexagonoptera (Broad beechfern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

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.