No Hensley Tour on July 23
There will be no Hensley tours offered on Wednesday, July 23 due to road maintenance associated with recent storms. Shillallah Creek road will remain open for hikers. Hikers should excercise caution when hiking. For more information call (606) 246-1075
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.
Dulcimer Gathering at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Contact: Carol Borneman, (606) 248-2817
Visit Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th and the mountains will indeed be filled with the sound of music as dulcimer aficionados from near and far gather together sharing tunes and jamming. Park volunteers Terry and Pam Lewis of Ewing, Virginia, who were instrumental in choreographing this third annual gathering and avid dulcimer players themselves, invite all to visit. “The gathering will again be held at the national park’s Wilderness Road Campground, a perfect setting with its stately pines and natural setting. Each day, mini-workshops will begin at 10:00 a.m. and each evening, a concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the campground amphitheater.”
Park Ranger Sharon Griffin further explains that visitors will be introduced to a variety of dulcimers including the mountain, bass, baritone, bowed and hammered dulcimer. “I think visitors will be astounded at the variety of dulcimers which will be played during the gathering. The dulcimer truly represents Appalachia; each type of dulcimer stirs something deep within and carries you back to a bygone time.” Musicians will also showcase the washtub bass and clawhammer banjo.
All workshops and concerts are free of charge. The Wilderness Road Campground is located off of Hwy 58 in Virginia, two miles east of its intersection with Hwy 25E near Harrogate, Tennessee.
For information on the dulcimer gathering or any other ranger-guided programs, please call (606) 248-2817, extension 1075. Information can also be accessed at www.nps.gov/cuga.
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.