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.
Highway Bridge Work in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Scheduled for Mid-November
Contact: visitor center, (606) 248-2817, extension 1075
Detours and Slight Traffic Delays to Be Expected
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Acting Superintendent John Slaughter has just confirmed that preventative maintenance work on highly used bridges throughout the park is targeted to begin the middle of November, 2013. Slaughter explains that the biggest impacts will consist of closing the overpass to/from US 25 E in Kentucky to the park and vice versa. "This will cause detours into Middlesboro and Tennessee for those persons driving into and out of the park."
Additionally, resealing the bridge decks on the two bridges on the north (Kentucky) side of the tunnel will require lane closures. As one week per bridge is expected, lane closures could require two weeks.
The two bridges, as one enters into or exits the tunnel on the south (Tennessee) side, are scheduled to have minor cracks repaired. Temporary lane closures are expected to last no more than one day on each bridge.
While its surface is resealed during a two week period, the bridge on the Pinnacle Road leading to the park's scenic overlook will have single lane closures with flaggers to permit two-way traffic.
Slaughter explains that as the park works with the selected contractor, a requirement will be to provide a detailed itinerary of when maintenance will be performed for each bridge or overpass and slated detours. "We want to insure that the safety to highway users and park visitors is maximized while the inconvenience to all is minimized! We will be working with local officials and police departments in Middlesboro and Pineville, KY, Cumberland Gap and Tazewell, TN and Lee County, VA; the State Patrol in all three states; and tri-state local media well in advance of impending closures and detours to insure all are aware."
For additional information on the road work, visitors can call the park visitor center at (606) 246-1075.
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.