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.
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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
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?
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.