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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.

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    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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Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern Box Turtle

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)

Taxonomic nomenclature from http://www.dgif.state.va.us/wildlife/

Did You Know?

President Richard Nixon

Vice President Richard Nixon visited Cumberland Gap on July 3, 1959 to commemorate the formal dedication of the park which took place the following day. While at the park he visited the scenic Pinnacle Overlook and attended festivities in the nearby town of Middlesboro, Kentucky.