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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Fire Management

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wildland fire

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Fire plays a vital role in natural ecosystems. Wildland fires which occur naturally help to keep flammable materials known as "fuels" from accumulating. If fires are not periodically allowed in the natural system, fuels can build up and create a situation in which a major forest fire can occur. Major fires are much more extreme and do much more damage.

Wildland firefighters help to contain fires set naturally and fight fires caused by humans. They help to protect visitors and resources by carefully managing fire within the park.

The Cumberland Gap Fire Use Module is dedicated to managing fires in the park and assisting other firefighters throughout the country. more...


Did You Know?

Gap Cave

Gap Cave has also been called: King Solomon's Cave, Soldier's Cave, and Cudjo's Cave! The cave was originally referred to as "Gap Cave" because of its proximity to the Gap. When early pioneers saw the cave they knew they were about to cross the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky.