Cumberland Gap Tip Line
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No Cave Tours or Hensley Tours on September 27
There will be no Gap Cave or Hensley Settlement tours offered on September 27, 2014 due to special Heritage Walk program. For more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, extension 1075.
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.
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Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement Available for Review
Contact: Mark Woods, Superintendent, (606) 248-2817
As Cumberland Gap National Historical Park eagerly looks to its future, public participation and comments are being sought for the park’s draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement which will guide park management during the next 15 – 20 years. According to Park Superintendent Mark Woods, general management plans are long-term documents that establish and articulate a management philosophy and framework for decision making and problem solving in the parks. Woods further explains thatCumberland Gap National Historical Park’s last comprehensive management planning effort was completed in 1979. “Since that time, many changes have taken place – patterns and types of visitor use have changed and the park’s primary cultural landscape element has also changed as a result of construction projects involving the twin-bore Cumberland Gap Tunnel system, highway relocations, and the rehabilitation of the Cumberland Gap and Wilderness Road. In addition, acquisition of the Fern Lake watershed requires a defined management approach for resource use and protection. The park faces new resource and other management challenges as a result of these and other changes. We are looking to an exciting future.” Woods further elaborates that “national parks belong to the people. We encourage and welcome public comments!”
Copies of the document can also be reviewed at park headquarters, the park visitor center or at one of the following libraries:
Middlesboro Public Library
Lincoln Memorial University
Pineville Public Library
Harlan Public Library
Claiborne County Public Library
Knoxville City Library
Bristol Virginia Public Library
How to Comment
December 8, 2009, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
December 9, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
December 9, 2009, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The purpose of the public meetings is to obtain comments on the Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement.
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.