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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • 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.

  • Back the Bears!

    Support the park's "Back the Bears" campaign and help keep our bears wild and safe! More »

  • 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.

Eurasian Delegates Visit Cumberland Gap Tunnel

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Date: July 3, 2007
Contact: John Burke, Cumberland Gap Tunnel Authority, (606) 248-0996

On June 22nd, 2007, eighteen delegates from throughout Eurasia, including Russia, the Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Azerbaijan, participating in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT) for Road Construction toured the Cumberland Gap Highway Tunnel in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and were provided an orientation to the park and tunnel operations by Superintendent Mark Woods and Tunnel Manager John Burke.  Since its opening in October 1996, numerous delegations from throughout the world have toured the tunnel.  The tunnel project was a massive design and construction task combining many areas of engineering expertise with innovative construction techniques, which resulted in the creation of twin vehicular tunnels, each nearly a mile in length.  The project proved to be one of the Federal Highway Administration’s and National Park Service’s most challenging projects.  The completion of the tunnels allowed the NPS to reroute traffic away from the historic Cumberland Gap, the nation’s first doorway to the west, and restore the Gap as closely as possible to its late 1700’s. 

Did You Know?

Brigadier General Felix Zollicoffer

Civil War buffs will appreciate the fact that the famous Confederate Brigadier General Felix Zollicoffer personally supervised the construction of the earthen fortifications at Cumberland Gap.