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.
An Appalachian Moonlight Musical Evening
Contact: visitor center, (606) 248-2817
Are your mailboxes being crammed daily with flyers announcing back to school sales? Being bombarded by emails? Texting incessantly? Run down by the oppressive summer heat? Seeking respite from it all? A quick cure can be found by heading to the Wilderness Road Campground amphitheater in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on August 4th at 8:00 p.m. There, you'll be able to lose yourself in the soothing voices of local musicians Larry Goodwin and Ken Wilson as they perform "An Appalachian Moonlight Musical Evening." Cares will blow away with the breeze as it blows through the stately pines.
Park Ranger Matthew Graham warmly extends an invitation to all. "Larry and Ken will perform some amazing original acoustic music that is truly Americana!" "The duo's repertoire will include songs about taking a back road home, a miner's request 'to bury me far from the coal mine with a tombstone of #9 coal,' a redheaded darlin' from Harlan, and the soldier who came back in 04, to no home, no family and no parade." And with a smile, Ranger Graham gently suggests that cell phones be left at home.
The Wilderness Road Campground is located in Virginia, two miles east of the Hwy 25E and Hwy 58 intersection. Visitors should proceed to the amphitheater, located at the end of loop C where parking is available. In case of rain, the program will be held at the national park visitor center, located on Hwy 25E, just south of Middlesboro, KY. This program is being co-hosted by the Friends of Cumberland Gap.
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.