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.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Announces Art Competition For Junior Ranger Workbook
Contact: Carol Borneman, (606) 248-2817
Attention all youth five to fourteen years of age! Gather your crayons, pencils, markers or water colors. Let your artistic talents and creativity flow as you design the winning cover for Cumberland Gap National Historical Park’s new Junior Ranger Workbook. Park Ranger Butch Davis describes the workbook as “chock-full of cool activities that allow youth to explore, learn about and protect the national parks.” “Hidden Hiking Gear,” “Operation Overlook,” “Beat Brush Mountain” and “A Balanced Bear Diet” are but a sampling of the workbook activities designed to stimulate curiosity about park resources. Ranger Davis further explains that a generous donation from the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit partner of America’s National Parks, provided for the creation of the workbook.
Art competition guidelines are as follows:
- Open to youth five to fourteen years of age
- Artwork should depict resources at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
- First name, last initial, city and state must be displayed in the lower right hand corner
- Artwork can be no larger than 8” X 10”
- Medium must be crayons, pencils, markers, water colors or a combination
- All entries must be received by the park no later than September 30th, 2007
- If mailed, artwork should be protected so it cannot be bent or edges destroyed
The winning entry(ies) will be announced in mid-October. All young artists presenting an entry will receive a free pass for one to Gap Cave (children must be accompanied by an adult when taking cave tours). The winning entry will also receive a $100.00 savings bond and plaque. “And of course,” Ranger Davis emphasizes, “the winning entry(ies) will be displayed on the front cover of the Junior Ranger Workbook and will be seen by Junior Rangers throughout the U.S. and even the world.”
Art entries can be delivered to Park Ranger Butch Davis at the park visitor center located on Hwy 25E ½ mile south of Middlesboro, Kentucky. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art entries can also be sent to Park Ranger Davis at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, PO Box 1848, Middlesboro, KY 40965.
For additional information on the art competition or any park program, please call (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.
Did You Know?
Although Cumberland Gap is designated a national historical park, 14,000 of its 24,000 acres have been proposed, and are managed, as wilderness.