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    Cumberland Gap

    National Historical Park KY,TN,VA

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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.

  • 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.

Camping

camp site

Campsite with electricity

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FIREWOOD ALERT!
Please purchase or gather firewood in the campground to avoid bringing in the exotic Emerald Ash Borer or the Asian Long Horned Beetle. These exotic insects can be easily spread by bringing in infested firewood from outside the area.
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Wilderness Road Campground
The Wilderness Road Campground is located approximately 3 miles from the park visitor center off of Highway 58 in Virginia. It has 160 sites in a beautiful wooded setting.

20, 30 and 50 amp electrical hookups are available at 41 of the sites. Hot showers and potable water are located in the comfort stations. A dump station is located near the campground entrance.

Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campground is open year around. Eight people, four tents, and two cars maximum per site.

Camping fees:
$14.00 per night per site for tent sites with no electricity,
$20.00 per night per site for electrical hookup,

All sites are one-half price for Senior Pass and Access Pass holders.

Group Camping
Group camp sites are available. Cost is $35.00 per night per site.

Reservations for group campsites can be made up to three months in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

Please be aware of bears! Bears are active in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. All food must be properly stored in a vehicle when not in use and garbage must be properly stored or disposed of in park bear proof containers.
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Hikers in the backcountry

Hikers explore the backcountry

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Backcountry Camping

Backcountry trails lead to remote, wilderness areas. Backcountry camping is allowed in designated sites with a permit. Permits are free of charge and must be obtained at the park visitor center.

Note: The following information will be needed when obtaining a backcountry permit:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact Telephone number (in case of emergency)
  • Itinerary including number of people in party and number of horses
  • Information for any vehicles which will be left in the park (tag number, description, owner information)

Please be aware of bears! Bears are active in the backcountry. All food must be properly stored using approved bear proof containers or elevated to a height of at least 10 feet. Please report any bear activity to a park ranger or by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817. more...

Reservations for backcountry campsites can be made up to three months in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

 
Martin's Fork Cabin

Martin's Fork Cabin in the backcountry

Photo by John Graves

Martins Fork Cabin

Martins Fork Cabin, located in the backcountry, features a large stone fireplace, three wooden bunk beds, and a picnic table, and can be rented for $10.00 per night.

Reservations for the cabin can be made up to three months in advance by calling the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

 

Your safety in the backcountry is important. Please see the following safety information to assist you in being prepared for your trip. Visit the park visitor center for more specific information including maps, trail conditions, water availability, etc.

For more information call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817.

 

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Did You Know?

Pioneers cross Cumberland Gap

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.