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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • 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.

  • Shuttle to Hensley Settlement

    There will be no shuttle or tour to Hensley Settlement on August 10, 2014. Tours on other days will continue to be offered as scheduled. For questions and more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.

  • 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.


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?

Wheelchair Accessible Symbol

Designated sites at the park’s Wilderness Road Campground are fully accessible. These sites feature hardened surfaces, increased fire grate height and wheelchair-friendly picnic tables. Many of the park's other facilities are fully accessible as well! More...