Increase in camping rates at the Wilderness Road campground
Effective June 1, 2013, camping rates will increase. Tent sites will increase to $14.00 per night and RV sites with electrical hookup will increase to $20.00 per night. Group camp sites will increase to $35.00 per night.
Special Program offered in place of Hensley tour on June 16
The regularly scheduled Hensley tour will not be offered on June 16 but will be replaced by a special Father's Day program. The road to the Hensley Settlement will be open to visitors and living history demonstrations will be offered. 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.
Civil War Event Cancelled
Invisible Souls: Behind the Veil of the Civil War, a special event showcasing stories of the Civil War October 4, 5, and 6, 2013 has been cancelled. Please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075 for more information.
Photo by Scott Teodorski
Reptiles Known to Occur in
Cumberland GapNational Historical Park
Family Chelydridae – Snapping turtles
Chelydra serpentina(Eastern snapping turtle)
Family Kinosternidae – Mud and musk turtles
Sternotherus odoratus (Stinkpot)
Family Emydidae – Box and pond turtles
Terrapene carolina (Eastern box turtle)
Family Phrynosomatidae – Spiny lizards
Sceloporus undulatus (Eastern fence lizard)
Family Scincidae – Skinks
Eumeces fasciatus (Five-lined skink)
Scincella lateralis (Little brown skink)
Family Colubridae – Colubrid snakes
Carphophis amoenus (Eastern worm snake)
Coluber constrictor (Northern black racer)
Diadophis punctatus (Northern ringneck snake)
Elaphe obsoleta(Black rat snake)
Lampropeltis getula (Eastern black kingsnake)
Lampropeltis triangulum (Eastern milksnake)
Nerodia sipedon (Northern water snake)
Opheodrys aestivus (Rough green snake)
Storeria occipitomaculata (Northern red-bellied snake)
Thamnophis sirtalis (Eastern garter snake)
Virginia valeriae (Eastern smooth snake)
Family Viperidae – Vipers
Agkistrodon contortix (Northern copperhead)
Crotalus horridus (Timber rattlesnake)
Did You Know?
Although Cumberland Gap is designated a national historical park, 14,000 of its 24,000 acres have been proposed, and are managed, as wilderness.