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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Adventure in the Backcountry
Photo by park volunteer Jesse Henderson
With numerous camping areas, miles and miles of trail, and less visitation, the backcountry at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park provides an amazing opportunity to experience the great outdoors! Trips in the backcountry range from day hikes to multiple day adventures requiring appropriate gear and preparation. The 21 mile Ridge trail runs the length of the park and can be accessed from numerous trails with major trailheads. Hiking along the ridge can be an extremely rewarding experience with spectacular scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities, and travel through time when visiting the many historic sites in the park.
Plan Your Backcountry Adventure!
Designated Backcountry Campsites:
Gibson Gap, total capacity of 12 campers
Hensley Camp, total capacity of 20 campers
Chadwell Gap, total capacity of 12 campers
For reservations and more information please call
Did You Know?
Vice President Richard Nixon visited Cumberland Gap on July 3, 1959 to commemorate the formal dedication of the park which took place the following day. While at the park he visited the scenic Pinnacle Overlook and attended festivities in the nearby town of Middlesboro, Kentucky.