• fog flows through Cumberland Gap

    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Pests in our Park!

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

USDA photo

Among the biggest threats to our park are the pests that do not belong here!

Exotic or alien species have been introduced from other parts of the world. With no natural controls these "pest" species can invade our forests, kill native plants and animals, and destroy valuable natural habitat.

 
NPS scientist examines Eastern Hemlock tree

Park Scientist examines Eastern Hemlock

NPS photo

On the front lines of the battle to protect and preserve our park are the park scientists who are tasked with finding these potential pests and checking to ensure that park resources are healthy.

Scientists routinely inspect and monitor the park looking for alien species of plants and animals. They also take any necessary and appropriate action to combat these alien invaders!

BE ON THE LOOKOUT!
Some of the pests that Park scientists are looking for and hoping to keep out of our park include: Asian Long Horned Beetle, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Gypsy Moth, and Emerald Ash Borer.

 

CURRENT ADVISORIES

While in the park please observe all regulations pertaining to camping and hiking. Please do not bring any wood that is not from the local area. Please do not disturb any insect traps.
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If you have any questions please call (606) 248-2817.

Did You Know?

Gap Cave

Gap Cave has also been called: King Solomon's Cave, Soldier's Cave, and Cudjo's Cave! The cave was originally referred to as "Gap Cave" because of its proximity to the Gap. When early pioneers saw the cave they knew they were about to cross the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky.