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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.

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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.

    A Taste of Christmas Past at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Winter scene of the historic Hensley Settlement
Experience the peacefulness of Christmas, much like the families did of long ago
Photo courtesy of Randy Oplinger

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News Release Date: December 4, 2010
Contact: Pam Eddy, (606) 248-2817, extension 1072

It's easy to get overwhelmed this time of year by store catalogs, blaring commercials from the television and radio, and other intrusions interfering with the preparation for Christmas. Leave the modern world behind and visit Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Saturday, December 11th at 10:00 a.m. at the park visitor center for our Taste of Christmas Past. Feast on Twelfth Night cake, enjoy a cup of cider or hot cocoa, and help us decorate our 8-foot Christmas tree. Families can make paper chains, string popcorn and cranberries, decorate gingerbread men, make a Christmas card, and listen to stories of Appalachian Christmases past while the tunes of a mountain Christmas play in the background. Kids and kids at heart - take home a homemade Christmas stocking filled with old fashioned treats of apples, nuts, and oranges.

For additional information, please call the park visitor center at 606-248-2817, extension 1075.

Did You Know?

Elijah Gibbons cabin at Hensley Settlement

Hensley Settlement is located on a plateau nearly 1,000 feet higher than the Pinnacle Overlook! Ranger-guided tours visit this historic log cabin settlement mid-May through the end of October.