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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.
Rivers and Streams
Photo by Scott Teodorski
Martin's Fork, Shillalah, Devil's Garden, Sugar Run, and Davis Branch are streams found in Kentucky. Lewis Hollow and Station Creek are streams found in Virginia. All these streams begin inside the park.
Other streams are located in the park but do not originate inside the park.
Martin's Fork and Shillalah Creek have supported brook trout in the past. Davis Branch supports a federal threatened species, blackside dace. All streams are bordered by forests, mountain laurel, and/or rhododendron.
Did You Know?
Between 1775 and 1810 some 300,000 settlers crossed Cumberland Gap and began settling the land west of the Appalachians. These brave pioneers were following dreams of prosperity in the wilderness of Kentucky.