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 Offers Junior Ranger Bike Ride
Contact: Butch Davis, (606) 248-2817
With summer winding down, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will host one more Junior Ranger bike ride before it’s time to head back to school to crack open those books. Scheduled for August 9th, at 10 a.m., biking enthusiasts should meet at the Rails-to-Trails parking area gazebo (left side-traveling eastbound on US Highway 58, approximately 1 mile from the Wilderness Road Campground).
“Never been on our local Rails-to-Trails bike trail? Been curious about it? That’s where our next ride, and Junior Ranger adventure, is going to be” said Park Ranger Butch Davis. “For a special treat, we will be visiting Wilderness Road State Park for their Militia Muster and Frontier Frolic. Adults and teens can ride too, and will be guided to the end of the trail in Ewing, with a return to the gazebo parking area if desired” said Davis.
Parents should plan on picking up Junior Rangers at Wilderness Road State Park at approximately 12:30 p.m. As Wilderness Road State Park will be featuring several colonial-era programs, families are encouraged to make a day of it. “Everyone’s invited---all of our Junior Rangers, friends, and family members. Like our other Junior Ranger events, there’s no charge---you just need a bike, a helmet and a desire for adventure” said Davis.
For additional information contact the visitor center at (606) 248-2817.
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.